Sharapova says she'll 'rise up again' after French Open snub

Sharapova rocked the tennis world when she announced past year that she had tested positive for heart drug meldonium at the Australian Open after failing to realise it had been added to WADA's list of banned substances.

Accepting the decision to bar her from the French Open without rancour would give the Russian a chance to rise above the furore, according to former world number three Pam Shriver.

Three-time Internazionali BNL d'Italia champion Maria Sharapova advanced to the second round with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over American Christina McHale on Monday.

PARIS (AP) - Maria Sharapova's popularity and past success did not earn her the wild-card invitation she needed to get into the French Open after serving a 15-month doping ban.

"I apologise for having to withdraw from my match with a left thigh injury", she said.

The 33rd-ranked Gavrilova had to come through qualifying because she forgot to enter the main draw.

"None of us know in the organisation so we are waiting". "Maria won twice here, but we have a huge (moral) responsibility".

The Russian will discover if she has received a wildcard for the French Open on Tuesday, but her fate for the year's third major at Wimbledon is now secured.

Sharapova will learn today if she will be granted a wildcard for the French Open, with Roland Garros organisers planning an announcement on Facebook.

The journalist questioned if Sharapova could be happy without a boyfriend before she turned the tables, suggesting perhaps he would be the one better off with a male companion.

Giudicelli added that it would be hard to give the former world number one a wildcard when it was spending a lot of money on anti-doping. But those two titles she (won) them according to the rules.

"Integrity is one of our main commitments. We can not decide, on the one hand, to increase the amount of funds we dedicate to the anti-doping battle and, on the other, invite her".

"When you've been out of the game and haven't played competitively in 15 months".

"You can get a wild card when you return from injury but you cannot get a wild card when returning from a doping suspension", FFT president Bernard Giudicelli said in an internet media conference.

She is expected to hear from Roland Garros on Tuesday about the status of her wild card request.

World number two Novak Djokovic feels Sharapova has to be patient as she plots her return to the tennis elite.

Players will officially qualify based on their post-Wimbledon rankings, and the teams will be finalized following the US Open in September. Add Sharapova to the qualifying event and interest would grow, including from broadcasters who provide most of the revenue.

He's made clear that he is not a fan of wild cards for players returning from doping suspensions and, like Lucic-Baroni, would like to see some sort of standardized approach to the issue.

  • Stacy Allen