Maria Sharapova should not get French Open wildcard, Agnieszka Radwanska says

Maria Sharapova should not get French Open wildcard, Agnieszka Radwanska says

Tennis great Serena Williams hinted Wednesday that she's expecting her first child, posting a photo of herself on Snapchat captioned "20 weeks".

With double French Open champion Sharapova unranked now, everybody will monitor the French Tennis Federation next month just to find out whether the 30-year-old Russian female player could count on a wildcard into the tournament or not.

The five-time Grand Slam victor and former world No. 1 returns to competition next week as a wild card in Stuttgart's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

"It's a German tournament and we have so many good German players, so this is a little odd", said Germany's current world number one Angelique Kerber.

Regardless, Radwanska believes entry to the year's second grand slam tournament would be a step too far.

This view echoes that of the world No 17 Barbora Strycova, who served a doping ban in 2013 and told The Daily Telegraph last month: "I don't think anyone is her friend on the tour".

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However, Sharapova could not have picked a better place to make her return.

French Tennis Federation officials told EFE that its president, Bernard Giudicelli, chose May 15 as the deadline to decide whether or not to invite Sharapova, former world No.1 and victor of five grand slams.

Men's world number one Andy Murray has also voiced his disapproval about the return of Sharapova who was caught out by the sport's anti-doping laws after failing to realise that Meldonium, previously legal, had been added to the banned list. Maria should rebuild her career in a different way, beginning with smaller events. Not for those suspended for doping.

"She wouldn't have a chance for (a wildcard) from my hands (if I was a tournament director)".

Williams, who has won a record 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era, has not been in action since January's Australian Open final win over sister Venus.

If Sharapova misses out, the French Open will go ahead in the absence of the two biggest drawcards in the women's game.

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