Tennis

Maria won't ask for wildcard

Former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova said yesterday that she will not request for a wildcard into this year's championships after failing to gain a high enough ranking for direct entry to the main draw.

The 30-year-old Russian, who returned last month from a 15-month doping ban, said on her website she would play in the qualifying event staged the week before.

Sharapova has been granted a wildcard for next month's WTA grasscourt event in Birmingham, a key Wimbledon warm-up. - AFP