Sharapova given US Open wildcard

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The former world number one tested positive for heart disease drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open

Russian player Maria Sharapova has been awarded a wildcard for the main draw of this year’s US Open.

This is the first Grand Slam the 30-year-old has been given a main draw pass since returning to action in April following a 15-month drugs ban.

She was denied wildcard for the French Open and did not request one for this year’s Wimbledon, which she missed through injury.

The five-time Grand Slam winner and former world number one is ranked 148.

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