Maria Sharapova will receive an Australian Open 2020 wildcard as she attempts to climb up the WTA ladder from her current ranking of no.147.
The CEO of Tennis Australia Craig Tiley confirmed that the 2008 Australian Open winner will get a chance at the 2020 tournament via a wildcard.
For the 32-year-old player, this could be a great chance to get back in the kind of form that made her one of the tennis greats just a couple of years ago.
“I’ve had wonderful experiences there, from holding the championship trophy to losing some very tough finals as well – there’s been a lot of ups and downs in Australia.”Maria Sharapova said after hearing about her Australian Open 2020 wildcard.
For Sharapova, this is going to be her 17th Australian Open appearance. Since her AO debut back in 2003, she’s missed only one tournament – the Australian Open 2017 when she was suspended after failing a doping test a year earlier.
Early Exit from Brisbane International 2020
The wildcard announcement comes as great news for Sharapova after her early exit from Brisbane International 2020. The Russian got knocked out in the first round by American qualifier Jennifer Brady.
Sharapova seemed very disappointed on the court of the Queensland Tennis Centre last Tuesday, after failing to cash in on her 1-0 lead.
It was 6-3 for Sharapova in the first set, but the American player than managed to bounce back and grab herself a ticket to the second round of the tournament.
The defeat to Brady was just one in a series of unfortunate events for Sharapova in the build-up to the Australian Open 2020, which starts in just over a week.
The year 2019 saw her struggling with injuries and the new year hasn’t started well either. After not being able to shake off a virus, Sharapova even had to spend some time in a hospital.
“I’ve been fighting virus for a couple weeks and ended up in the hospital the other day, so that wasn’t fun”Sharapova revealed before the start of Brisbane International 2020.
All these issues have certainly had a serious impact on Sharapova’s Australian Open 2020 odds, which are unfavorable, to say the least.
Maria Sharapova Odds at Australian Open 2020
Maria Sharapova has won one Australian Open trophy in her career, while also reaching the final on three other occasions.
Oddsmakers don’t think she’ll add another Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup to his collection. Judging by the odds which are set at +5000, Sharapova is a huge underdog.
The first-round loss in the Brisbane International was just an extension of the poor run she’s been having lately. In 2019, Sharapova has played only 15 matches in total, winning only 8 of those.
Her last victory happened in an exhibition match with Ajla Tomljanović in Abu Dhabi in December 2019.
Sharapova’s last competitive match of 2019 happened in August at the US Open when Serena Williams beat her easily by 2-0 (6-1, 6-1).
Speaking of Serena Williams, the current no.10 in the WTA Rankings is the main favorite for winning the Australian Open 2020 at the odds of +500.