Maria Sharapova has been granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open’s important draw.
Sharapova is amongst eight ladies who got entry into the 128-participant subject by the U.S. Tennis Affiliation on Tuesday — and by far probably the most noteworthy.
The previous No. 1-ranked participant and proprietor of 5 main titles, together with on the 2006 U.S. Open, might be collaborating in her first Grand Slam event in additional than 1½ years. Sharapova has not entered a serious event because the Australian Open in January 2016, when she examined constructive for the newly banned drug meldonium.
That led to a 15-month doping ban, which expired in April.
The U.S. Open begins in Flushing Meadows on Aug. 28.