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Maria Sharapova to play Fed Cup, ensure Olympic place; no Tokyo 2020?

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a forehand return to Serena Williams of the United States during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)


Maria Sharapova is entered in Fed Cup doubles this weekend, meeting the Russian tennis federation boss’ mandate to ensure she can play at the Rio Olympics.

She won’t play at the Tokyo 2020 Games, her agent, Max Eisenbud, said, according to Russian Eurosport.

Eisenbud also said that this weekend would likely mark Sharapova’s last Fed Cup appearance, according to the report, but Sharapova said Friday she hasn’t decided, according to Russian news agency TASS.

Sharapova, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist and five-time Grand Slam singles champion, had said after losing in last week’s Australian Open quarterfinals that she didn’t plan to play again until March due to a forearm injury.

She’s dealt with the injury since before she was named to the initial Fed Cup team earlier in January.

Sharapova must be part of a Russian Fed Cup team once this year to be eligible for the Olympics, but she doesn’t have to play in the Fed Cup, according to the International Tennis Federation.

However, the Russian tennis federation president reportedly said Sharapova needed to play for Russia in Fed Cup in order to be part of the Olympic team. And if she didn’t play for Russia against the Netherlands this weekend, and Russia was upset by the Dutch, she would not go to the Olympics.

Sharapova lost to Serena Williams 6-0, 6-1 in the London 2012 final, the Russian’s first Olympics.

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