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

Sergio Perez  Reuters                       This is a hair-raising situation for Maria

Sharapova returned to action without a ranking last month and has since risen to 211 in the world after receiving wildcards in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome.

"I apologize for having to withdraw from my match today with a left thigh injury". "I will be getting all the necessary examinations to make sure it is not serious".

By winning her opening match in Rome Monday, Sharapova earned enough points to enter the top 200 next week and gain direct entry to the qualifying tournament for Wimbledon.

If she were to win one of those events that would undoubtedly strengthen her case. "But while there can be a wild card for return from injury, there can't be a wild card for return from doping".

"I know the media dimension Maria has, I know the expectation fans and broadcasters have, but it didn't seem possible for me to go above the strong commitment and the respect for the anti-doping code".

There was some speculation that the French Tennis Federation (FFT) would offer her a wildcard entry, but they decided not to - leading WTA chief Steve Simon to condemn their call.

"As you talk with players, it's very controversial".

Last month former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard blasted Sharapova as a "cheater" and suggested the Russian should be kicked out of tennis for life.

"I don't think that's right".

And assuming she is fit, she is likely to want to play at least two warm-up events.

Regardless of the rhetoric, the fact is, the 2-time champion Sharapova will not be at the French Open this year.

Tennis player Maria Sharapova in pictures. "They might be disappointed, she might be very disappointed".

Sharapova's exclusion was down to WADA "breaching their own rules", he said.

He said none of the other members of the administrative team were in favor of awarding Sharapova a wild card.

Eyebrows were raised when she was not announced for the Main Draw, but when she was not mentioned in the Qualification.

The news will be a big blow to former world No.1 Sharapova.

Some of Sharapova's rivals have openly criticised her return.

"I definitely felt a little bit better. but still not close to where I would like to be, obviously".

Sharapova had needed to reach the semi-finals in Rome to avoid needing a wildcard for the Wimbledon main draw.

"My tournament could end any moment so I've got to enjoy this for now", Fognini said.

Nadal suggested that the decision was made well ahead of its announcement and would have been taken as a strategy move by the 35-year-old's coaching team.

Sharapova's absence from the French Open means she'll have more time to play on grass and opens up the possibility that she could try to play at Nottingham or Rosmalen in the Netherlands immediately after Roland Garros. 'Every player who isn't doping is against it. "I wanted to do it for myself, but also for all these people", she added. She defended her that she took that drug for most of her career for the medical reason.

One of the many criteria considered by the committee when deciding on wild cards will be results in the early weeks of the grass-court season.

Giudicelli said then that he and the French Open tournament director, Guy Forget, would discuss the subject.

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