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Maria Sharapova awarded main draw wildcard at US Open

Maria Sharapova awarded main draw wildcard at US Open

The US Open also announced it's main draw men's singles wild cards.

In an extract from her soon-to-be-released autobiography, Unstoppable: My Life So Far, Sharapova details how the relationship between the pair fell apart after the Wimbledon final in 2004.

Sharapova was already guaranteed a place in the qualifying draw at Flushing Meadows by virtue of her world ranking of No 148.

"Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process", a statement from the US Tennis Association on Tuesday read.

She has five Grand Slam titles in her career with the latest at the French Open in 2014. But she'll be back for the U.S. Open, a tournament she won in 2006 but one in which she has played sparingly in recent years, missing three of the previous four events.

"Consistent with past practice, a wild card was provided to a past US [Open] champion who needed the wild card for entry into the main draw".

"Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past U.S. champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw".

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Sharapova was suspended 15 months for her use of meldonium, a banned substance, and has returned to mixed reactions from fans and competitors.

Sharapova tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open past year.

"She has handled her suspension with dignity and respect", Bernard Giudicelli, president of the French Tennis Federation, said at the time.

Sharapova was denied an entry into the French Open earlier this year after the tournament cited that wild cards given to athletes recovering from injuries and not doping bans.

But she now has the opportunity to replicate her 2006 success in NY, having pulled out of this week's Western & Southern Open with an arm problem to focus on the final grand slam of the year.

Sharapova has withdrawn from US Open warm-up tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati the past two weeks after suffering a left forearm injury at Stanford.

Sharapova hasn't played in a major since she lost to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals on January 25, 2016.

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