London - Maria Sharapova is still waiting to hear if she can
play at the French Open later this month but men's world No 1 Andy Murray
expects her to be at Wimbledon in July.
Sharapova returned last month from a doping ban to reach the
semi-finals at the Stuttgart Open, but did not earn enough points to qualify
for Roland Garros and is reliant on a wildcard for the qualifying tournament.
The French Tennis Federation will announce their decision on
Murray, however, said he expected the five-times grand slam
champion would be on the grass-courts of south-west London.
"I think there's a good chance Wimbledon would give her
one (a wild card) to get into qualifying," Murray told reporters at an
event for June's Aegon Championships tournament at the Queen's Club in London.
"I think we've got to wait and see what happens because
there might not even be a decision to be made because she might be in the main
draw after Madrid or Rome, so there's a good chance she can get in by
The Russian can qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon by
reaching the semi-final of either the Madrid or Rome tournaments.
The rankings deadline for Wimbledon qualification is May 29.
Murray, who sustained an injury in March, returned to action
at the Barcelona Open last month and said he was feeling good as he looked
ahead to Roland Garros.
"I feel much better than I did three or four weeks
ago," he added.
"I feel like physically I am getting back to where I
need to be and I feel like I am able to put in the work I need to, to be able
to play my best tennis."