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She's back!: Sharapova gets wildcard for US Open

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She's back!: Sharapova gets wildcard for US Open

<p>Former women’s tennis world number one Maria Sharapova is poised to play her first Grand Slam in over 18 months after being awarded a main-draw wildcard for the upcoming US Open.</p> <p>The 30-year-old Russian, who returned from a 15-month doping ban earlier this year, was denied a wildcard at the French Open, then missed the grasscourt season, including Wimbledon, with a thigh injury.</p> <p>The 2006 US Open champion and five-time Grand Slam winner tested positive for the drug meldonium in 2016.</p> <p>It had been added to the banned substances list in January of that year.</p> <p>Sharapova claimed to have been unaware of the International Tennis Federation’s rule change.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/MariaSharapova">@MariaSharapova</a> is part of the field that will receive a wild card for the 2017 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USOpen?src=hash">#USOpen</a>. See entire women's list: <a href="https://t.co/9VfuwCcyoM">https://t.co/9VfuwCcyoM</a> <a href="https://t.co/hb2RUVK6z7">pic.twitter.com/hb2RUVK6z7</a></p>— US Open Tennis (@usopen) <a href="https://twitter.com/usopen/status/897490593944924162">15 août 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><br /> </p> <p>The US Open runs from Aug. 28 to Sept. 10 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows, New York.</p> <p>Sharapova took to Twitter to thank the US Open for the wildcard.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thank you, <a href="https://twitter.com/usopen">@usopen</a>. This is so so special. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/goosebumps?src=hash">#goosebumps</a> <a href="https://t.co/MnolaaqKsN">https://t.co/MnolaaqKsN</a></p>— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) <a href="https://twitter.com/MariaSharapova/status/897516489963646976">15 août 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><br /> </p> <p><em>with Reuters</em></p>