Maria Sharapova receives Australian Open wildcard

January 8, 2020

Lawn TennisMaria Sharapova

  • Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was on Wednesday handed an Australian Open wildcard as she attempts to resurrect her career after an injury-plagued 2019.
  • The 32-year-old, who won the tournament in 2008, has slipped down the rankings to 147, outside automatic qualification, and was bounced out of the Brisbane International this week in the first round.
  • But the Russian remains a big name and she will line up at Melbourne Park once again after it was announced on the tournament website that she would be a wildcard. Until Brisbane, Sharapova had not played since a first-round loss to career-long rival Serena Williams at the US Open in August, with her season ruined by a shoulder injury.

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