The Russian Maria Sharapova will contest for the first time in eighteen months a Grand Slam after receiving one of the invitations (‘Wild card’), of the US Open that will begin next August 28 in New York. The Siberian tennis player, who won this tournament in 2006, will be part of the main table of a major since the Australian Open in 2016, when she tested positive for doping.
Sharapova, a 30-year-old who holds five Grand Slam hits (Australian Open, United States Open, Wimbledon and twice Roland Garros) is one of only seven tennis players to receive an invitation from the organization. tournament.
The Russian player, once world number one, has played the US Open ten times, the last in 2014, when she fell against Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in the round of 16.
Sharapova, currently set by the WTA in 148th position, has never been eliminated in the first round at Flushing Meadows.