Wimbledon declines Kleybanova's wild card request

by: Matt Cronin June 17, 2013

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Former Top-20 player Alisa Kleybanova, who is on the comeback trail after battling cancer, tells TENNIS.com that she asked for wild card into Wimbledon, but was turned down. In May, Kleybanova played her first tournament in more than a year at a Futures event in Landisville, PA and won the title, dropping one set in five matches.

The 23-year-old Russian was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in the summer of 2011. After undergoing treatment, she attempted to comeback in March 2012 but found herself to be too weak. She is feeling stronger now and will contest a USTA Futures event next week in Buffalo and then play World TeamTennis.

Kleynabova could have used a special ranking to get into Wimbledon but she missed the deadline, which is why she requested a wild card.

“It’s life,” Kleybanova said. “I just have to play my best, win as much as I can and rely on myself to get to the top!”

One of Kleybanova’s compatriots, Elena Vesnina, complained about the situation on Twitter: “It's a shame that Alisa Kleybanova didn't get wc for Wimbledon. In my opinion she is the one who deserves it more than anyone.”

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