After her semifinal showing in Stuttgart, her first tournament since serving a 15-month doping suspension, Maria Sharapova will now definitely require a wildcard from the French Tennis Federation to play the French Open.
The Russian would have lifted her ranking into the No. 180-175 range if she had reached the final of Stuttgart; it would have earned Sharapova 305 ranking points. But in losing to Kristina Mladenovic, Sharapova earned just 185 points and remained outside the Top 250 in the WTA rankings. Entries for French Open qualifying are decided on the basis of this week's rankings, with players in the Top 200 usually receiving entry.
Sharapova, currently ranked No. 262, was just a few games from victory in the second set against Mladenovic, but still pronounced herself happy with her first week back.
"I'm not angry," Sharapova said of the three-set encounter. "If at the start of the week I'd said I'd be in this position, I'd be pretty happy with that."