Maria Sharapova earns ticket to Wimbledon qualifying event

Maria Sharapova hits a powerful forehand

She was a past champion at all three.

The decision of her not being part of the tournament was officially announced by the French Tennis Federation chief Bernard Giudicelli in a live streaming broadcast on Facebook.

Sharapova is now ranked 211th in the world, meaning she did not automatically qualify for the clay-court major, which begins May 28.

Lucic-Baroni declined to say who was forcing her to say everything was "great". The 35-year-old Croat comes into Rome with a respectable a 17-9 win-loss record.

Her previous best run at the claycourt slam was a quarter-final appearance in 2012.

French Open revenue was 187.3 million euros ($205 million) in 2015, compared to Wimbledon at 169.7 million pounds ($219 million) and the U.S. Open ($291 million).

The future for Sharapova, meanwhile, remains uncertain.

The former number one advanced to the second round at the sun-drenched ForoItalico as she beat McHale for a fifth time without defeat.

Kristina Mladenovic, the 13th seed from France is also out after she was beaten 7-6 (8-6) 7/5 by Germany's Julia Goerges.

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"I'm very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans", added Giudicelli.

Maria Sharapova's straight-sets win over Christina McHale in WTA Internazionali BNL d'Italia has ensured that she has enough points and ranking at the cut-off mark to find herself a place in the Wimbledon qualifiers. It was Lucic-Baroni's first win over Safarova in five career matches. "I've been saying that for years yet this is my first trip here".

Having levelled it up with a pinpoint backhand, Sharapova started to get her serve going in a hold to 15 that featured some characteristically aggressive shot-making, before breaking once more for a one-set lead.

Who reaches the next round?

The French Open has none which has an adverse effect on television rights, where the guarantee of play no matter what the weather will boost revenue. The Russian will always serve double faults, however, when her serve is firing on all cylinders, she can be incredibly tough to break.

Sharapova's return has not been well received by many of her fellow professionals. When she is approaching the net, to finish off points, she likes to hit a swinging volley instead of taking her time and volleying at the net. Fellow players have shamed her and blasted tennis officials for facilitating her smooth passage back into the sport, and journalists have constantly been asking prickly questions about her delicate situation.

The issue of Sharapova has been a sensitive one. Maria won twice here, but we have a huge responsibility.

Four-time Rome champion Novak Djokovic overcame Britain's Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (7/2), 6-2 for a place in the third round.

Lucic-Baroni, the world number 22, will now face top seed Angelique Kerber or Anett Kontaveit in round three.

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