Sharapova gets Cincinnati nod

Maria Sharapova has been handed a wildcard into the Cincinnati WTA tournament.

The event is a key warm-up for the US Open, which has yet to guarantee the former world No. 1 and five-time Grand Slam winner a place.

In April, the Russian returned from a 15-month doping ban.

Injury ruled her out of Wimbledon qualifying, after French Open organisers had refused her a wildcard.

The Cincinnati event also granted a wildcard to Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Major winner who only recently returned from maternity leave. - AFP

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