Russia's Maria Sharapova returns to France's Kristina Mladenovic during their semifinal match at the WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on April 29, 2017. / AFP / THOMAS KIENZLE
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Wimbledon chiefs will wait until June 20, just days ahead of the qualifying event, before deciding whether to give a wildcard to former champion Maria Sharapova as she steps up her return from a doping ban. The Russian, who won Wimbledon in 2004, made her return to competitive tennis at the Stuttgart Open last week following a positive test for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.As a result, the five-time Grand Slam champion has to rely on wildcards from tournaments to enter leading WTA tournaments.Brook admitted if Sharapova is given a wildcard in Paris and makes it through qualifying into the main draw it would be strange for her to be snubbed by Wimbledon.
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