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

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Maria Sharapova has broken her silence after being denied a wild card for the French Open. She has insisted that 'no words, games, or actions will ever stop her from reaching her own dreams.' She's right!

If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday.

She tried to put up a fearless face by tweeting a somewhat philosophical comment, insisting that "no words, games or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams".

"What also disappoints me is the fact that Wada has not conducted their business properly, that disappoints me more than the fact that Maria is not playing".

"They might be very disappointed, she might be very disappointed, but it's my responsibility, my mission, to protect the high standards of the game played without any doubt on the result".

Sharapova, who has titles at all four majors, won at Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014.

Since Sharapova announced her failed doping test last year, Eliasch has repeatedly made the case that meldonium, the drug that the 30-year-old claimed she had taken for 10 years because of a family history of heart issues and diabetes, should not have been made a prohibited substance.

"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 Stuttgart, WTA CEO Steve Simon told German broadcaster ZDF she had paid the price.

"I fully support the grand-slam tournament's decision", Eliasch told the Times newspaper.

Cash said he was disappointed the Italian federation had offered up a wildcard this week but hoped there'd be no such offer from Wimbledon officials.

"There are no grounds for any member of the TADP to penalise any player beyond the sanctions set forth in the final decisions resolving these matters".

Whilst acknowledging that wildcards were granted at a tournament's discretion, Simon said: "What I do not agree with is the basis put forward by the FFT for their decision with respect to Maria Sharapova".

Sharapova is guaranteed a qualifying spot at Wimbledon in July after winning her opening match at the ongoing Rome Masters, although she missed a chance at direct entrance into the main draw after a second-round exit Tuesday.

Sharapova, who was wearing a bandage on her left thigh, pulled out of her contest against Croatian veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni while leading 4-6, 6-3, 2-1 to round out a miserable day for the five-time Grand Slam champion.

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