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Maria Sharapova vows to rise again after being denied wildcard for French Open

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Maria Sharapova’s reaction to learning on Tuesday night that she has no chance of playing in the French Open, was to say: “If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way.”

She has won the tournament twice and had at least slim ambitions of winning again, but the French Tennis Federation refused to offer her a wildcard following the completion of her suspension for a doping offence.

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