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Will Sharapova have to play Q for AO?

Maria is 133 in the live rankings. Does it mean that she will have to play Q at AO if she wants to compete?

Can she get a WC given her doping history?

She will probably retire anyways even if she gets a WC.
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Re: Will Sharapova have to play Q for AO?

Aren’t GS champion allow unlimited WC? Not sure if that happen Grand Slam. Maybe qualifications is best thing for her if she does try come back again.
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Re: Will Sharapova have to play Q for AO?

She can get a WC (she did at the 2017 US Open), but I can't see her getting one because of the reciprocal arrangement the Aussies have with the French and US, as well as that Asian WC thing, so you'd be looking at only 4 home WCs, which I think would be unlikely.

It would be weird to see her in slam qualifying though, but at the same time, it would be a great experience for some relatively unknown 240/245 type player who has never made a slam main draw to draw her in quals.
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Re: Will Sharapova have to play Q for AO?

If she asks for a WC, she'll get it.
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Re: Will Sharapova have to play Q for AO?

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If she asks for a WC, she'll get it.
It's not a guarantee, she asked for a WC for the French Open in 2017 too and she didn't get one, despite winning that slam twice. But yes, I think she will get a WC for the AO.
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Re: Will Sharapova have to play Q for AO?

It will be an interesting decision for the AO for sure. 4 of the WC are already out of play with the US and French reciprocal WCs and the winners of AO playoff and Asia-Pacific playoff being awarded the 2 others. If Clijsters is ready for the AO they will likely give her one too. That would leave 3 WCs left to give to Australian players or Sharapova. Will Tennis Australia give up another WC for an Australian player to put Sharapova in the draw? I'm not so sure that they will.
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Re: Will Sharapova have to play Q for AO?

I think that Oz Open has already shown they don't give a shit about the doping.

Clijsters is the big question here. If Clijsters is ready to play, and requests a WC, she should almost certainly outrank Sharapova, who has been back for years, but has seen her ranking drop with terrible recent form and injuries.

I think they could easily give one WC to a big star with multiple slams, but two, in addition to the pre-allocated ones mentioned above? I think it'd cause resentment.
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Re: Will Sharapova have to play Q for AO?

Highly unlikely she will get a WC for AO. We're not Americans.
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Re: Will Sharapova have to play Q for AO?

I'd love to see Sharapova humbled playing qualifying. Could even be the highlight of the tournament for me.
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Maria would rather not play at all than have to play qualifying
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Re: Will Sharapova have to play Q for AO?

If she can't get a wild card she will just skip the tournament. That's her attitude these days.
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Re: Will Sharapova have to play Q for AO?

She's reportedly playing an exhibition match in Kooyong. Maybe she knows something we don't ...
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Re: Will Sharapova have to play Q for AO?

Would hate to see the former meldonium AO champ not get a wildcard

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Re: Will Sharapova have to play Q for AO?

She’s getting wildcard.
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