Maria Sharapova removed from women's tennis singles rankings while she serves suspension
Sharapova will not have time to earn enough tournament points to get direct entry at the French Open. Hence a wild card is her only chance to play at the prestigious event.
Moscow: Suspended Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova was removed from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles rankings, according to a report on the organisation's website on Monday.
Last week, Sharapova, 29, was in 93rd place in the rankings, reports Efe.
She is serving a two-year suspension for the violation of anti-doping regulations since 26 January. However, the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled on 4 October to reduce her suspension term from 24 to 15 months.
The former World No 1 is now eligible to officially return to the court from 26 April next year.
Due to the ban, the silver medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, had to miss the Rio Games, held in August this year.
In December, Sharapova will take part in an exhibition match in Madrid against 2016 French Open winner Garbine Muguruza of Spain.
The nearest Grand Slam tournament, after Sharapova's ban gets over, would be the 2017 French Open, scheduled from 28 May to 11 June.
Sharapova will not have time to earn enough tournament points to get direct entry at the Grand Slam tournament in France.
Hence a wild card is her only chance to play at the prestigious event.
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