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.
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.
The 2006 US Open champion and five-time Grand Slam winner tested positive for the drug meldonium in 2016.
It had been added to the banned substances list in January of that year.
Sharapova claimed to have been unaware of the International Tennis Federation’s rule change.
The US Open runs from Aug. 28 to Sept. 10 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows, New York.
Sharapova took to Twitter to thank the US Open for the wildcard.