30-year-old Russian international Maria Sharapova has earned herself a Wimbledon Qualifying slot following her first round victory over a 54th ranked Christina McHale at the Italian Open.
The five-time Grand Slam winner and semi-finalist from the Stuttgart tournament last month is now ranked 211 in the world as she continues her rapid recovery from a 15-months ban.
Sharapova, who was given a wildcard in Rome beat Christina 6-4 6-2 at the Foro Italico and will rise into the top 200 hence winning herself a Wimbledon qualifying slot that gets under way in June from 26th to 29th in a three-round battle at the Bank of England Sports Grounds in Roehampton.
The Russian still has a chance to better her odds for the Wimbledon as a semi-final finish in Rome will see her qualify for the main draw.
Sharapova also waits to find out on Tuesday, May 16th whether she will be given a wildcard for the forthcoming French Open that is slated for 28th this month.
She will play 16th seed Croatian international Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in round two while progress beyond that stage could poise her against World number one Angelique Kerber at the third-round.