Maria Sharapova retires from the Italian Open with thigh injury

Christina Mc Hale was shocked in Madrid last week

Christina Mc Hale was shocked in Madrid last week

Maria Sharapova shrugged off a sluggish opening to progress to the second round of the WTA Internazionali BNL d'Italia with a win over Christina McHale on the eve of learning her French Open fate.

The former World No. 1 returned from a 15-month doping ban last month and has so far participated in three tournaments with a wild card entry.

Sharapova will learn today if she will be granted a wildcard for the French Open, with Roland Garros organisers planning an announcement on Facebook.

Sharapova was granted wildcards for the Stuttgart Open and the Madrid Open, where she was beaten by one of her most vocal critics, Eugenie Bouchard.

"She might be very disappointed, but it's my responsibility, it's my mission to protect the game and protect the high standards of the game", he said.

"She's a tricky opponent and I haven't played in a number of weeks, so it's always tough to get back on your feet", said Venus.

Sharapova was broken by McHale in the opening game and went on to drop serve twice more in the first set before finding her groove.

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Berdych matched his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, with 599 career victories.

Eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has announced he will not participate in the French Open. But fans cheered and held up signs of encouragement for Sharapova.

"As you talk with players, it's very controversial", Forget told BBC Sport.

French Open officials have denied Sharapova the chance to claim her place through qualifying meaning she will play no part at Roland Garros this year.

This is the fourth match scheduled on the day but the first match scheduled for the evening session on the Centre Court at not before 7:30 pm local time, and the victor of this match will face top seed Angelique Kerber or a qualifier in 2014 French Open semifinalist Andrea Petkovic or Anett Kontaveit.

Seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova is also into the last 16 after the Russian defeated Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-1 7-6 (7/3).

Not that Sharapova herself realised the significance of her 6-4, 6-2 win against Christina McHale, of the USA.

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