MX23RW : Monday, January 27 04:15:42| >> :600:1611965:1611965:

Maria Sharapova handed wildcard for Australian Open

Maria Sharapova handed wildcard for Australian Open
© Reuters
Maria Sharapova won the title in 2008 but has dropped to 147th in the rankings.

Former champion Maria Sharapova has been given a wild card for the Australian Open.

A combination of ongoing shoulder issues and poor form has seen the Russian drop to 147th in the rankings, well outside the cut-off for automatic entry into the year's first grand slam.

Sharapova, the 2008 winner, said on ausopen.com: "To be in the draw of the Australian Open is incredible.

"I've had wonderful experiences there, from holding the championship trophy to losing some very tough finals as well. There's been a lot of ups and downs in Australia.

"So to have another chance to compete on all those courts is very special."

Sharapova's season began with defeat by Jennifer Brady in the first round of the Brisbane International on Tuesday after she sought hospital treatment for a virus.

The 32-year-old will see her ranking drop further if she cannot match last year's run to the fourth round of the Australian Open, which included victory over defending champion Caroline Wozniacki.

Meanwhile, tournament organisers have announced Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Nick Kyrgios will be among the stars taking part in next Wednesday's exhibition to raise money for the bushfire relief effort.

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Maria Sharapova

Share this article now:
New Instagram promo
Nick Kyrgios in action at the US Open on August 29, 2019
Read Next:
Nick Kyrgios pledges $200 for every ace to Australian bushfire relief efforts
>
Read more about Maria Sharapova Tennis

rhs 2.0
FA Cup
Turkish Super Lig
Greek Superleague
NIFL Premiership
Serie B
Ligue 2
Australian Open Fourth Round
12am
Mertens
Halep
2am
Monfils
Thiem
2am
Kontaveit
Swiatek
4am
Medvedev
Wawrinka
4.30am
Muguruza
Bertens
6.30am
Kerber
Pavlyuchenkova
8am
Rublev
Zverev
8am
Nadal
Kyrgios
Eerste Divisie

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!