Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova stopped the performance at the tournament of Female tennis Association (WTA) in Rome, do not play the game of the second round match with Croat Headed Lucic-Baroni because of health problems.
Sharapova refused to continue the fight in the third set when the score was 4:6, 6:3, 2:1 in their favor. At the beginning of the third game, the Russian took a medical break, during which the doctor bandaged her left thigh.
The tournament in Rome is for Mary, the third after serving a 15-month disqualification for the use of Meldonium. Previously, she reached the semifinals of the tournament in Stuttgart, and the competition in Madrid was eliminated in the second round.
“I apologize for the need to withdraw from the tournament due to injury – quoted post-match statement the Russians WTA Twitter. – I pass the necessary tests to make sure that the injury is not serious. I want to thank the tournament organizers for the opportunity to speak here.”
Thus, she lost the chance to qualify by rating the main draw of the third season of the tournament series Grand slam – Wimbledon. However, the points earned will allow her to take part in his skills.
On Tuesday, the head of the tennis Federation of France, Bernard Giudicelli reported that Sharapova due to the presence of doping history will receive special invitations (wild card) for the next Grand slam tournament – the Open championship of France, which will be held in Paris from 28 may to 11 June. Maria currently had no time to collect the required number of points in the WTA rankings and could get to these events by invitation only.
Meanwhile, the head Women’s tennis Association Steve Simon expressed disagreement with the wording of the organizers of the Roland Garros tournament.
“Giving players the wild card is at the discretion of the tournament organizers. What I disagree with is the wording of Federation of tennis of France in their decision on Maria Sharapova. She fulfilled all of the conditions of Ineligibility and obeyed the sentence of the court of arbitration for Sport (CAS). There is no reason to punish any player upon expiration of sanctions”, – quotes the statement of Simon the press service of the WTA.