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Sharapova to enjoy special ranking

Shoulder op won’t stop Maria Sharapova’s big clay day
Andrew Hodgson
16.04.09

Maria Sharapova is set to play in the French Open despite her unsuccessful return to action following a shoulder operation.

The former world No1 had surgery in October and although she played in a doubles match at Indian Wells last month she then pulled out of the following week's Miami tournament to rest her shoulder. However, the boss of the Russian tennis federation said Sharapova is aiming to play in the second major of the season, which starts on 24 May.

“I talked to Sharapova's father recently, and he told me was preparing to play at Roland Garros,” said Shamil Tarpishchev.

“He also told me she was set to play one or two preparation tournaments on red clay before the French Open but had yet to decide which ones.”
Sharapaova, who will turn 22 on Sunday, missed the US Open and Beijing Olympics in 2008 as well as this year's Australian Open because of her shoulder problems.

She has slumped to 53 in the rankings but enjoys from the WTA a special injury ranking of four, which she can use for acceptance into Tour events.
That ranking exception is valid for eight tournaments, one of which can be a one grand slam.
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i dont get this.. i mean she's not going to qualify for any events with her top 50 ranking, but she's going to get WC's for every event she wants! what does the special ranking mean?
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Given that her special ranking will be fourth, does that mean she can't enter a $200,000 event if a real top 10 player is there?

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Given that her special ranking will be fourth, does that mean she can't enter a $200,000 event if a real top 10 player is there?
Who know, but she could avoid Serena until SF.
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Huh? What does that mean? She'll be seeded 4th for Roland Garros?


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Huh? What does that mean? She'll be seeded 4th for Roland Garros?
No, she won't be seeded, but she'll definitely be able to play even if her regular ranking isn't good enough.

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No, she won't be seeded, but she'll definitely be able to play even if her regular ranking isn't good enough.
But we already knew that, didn't we?


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Given that her special ranking will be fourth, does that mean she can't enter a $200,000 event if a real top 10 player is there?
Yeah, that's confusing

I thought that "ranking" only means that she can get into the tourneys without playing qualies, given her ranking would slip even further. Even if she is No.4 she wouldn't be seeded 4th, she just enters. Is that correct?
If so, then she won't be seeded at RG or Wimby, right?
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But we already knew that, didn't we?
I guess so.

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But we already knew that, didn't we?
I didn't know that.
I assume YEC is different, isn't it?
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I hope she doesn't have a special ranking to be SEEDED. Serena for example in 2006/7 was unseeded in Grand Slams (US Open/AO). They shouldn't make an example for Maria.
She doesn't use a special ranking to ENTER the tournaments. :shrug; Which tournament on Earth would deny her a WC?

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Given that her special ranking will be fourth, does that mean she can't enter a $200,000 event if a real top 10 player is there?
She is a year-ending Top 10 player so no, she won't unless that's Radwanska who commits there.
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I didn't know that.
I assume YEC is different, isn't it?
What do you mean?
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What do you mean?
My mistake, for YEC she has to qualify, sorry.

Is WTA giving a WC for YEC this year?
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My mistake, for YEC she has to qualify, sorry.

Is WTA giving a WC for YEC this year?
They never did, so it would wierd if they did now. Besides, maybe Masha come back strong and manages to qualify on her own
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