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Maria Sharapova is set to make her first appearance at a grand slam event since completing a 15-month suspension for taking the banned drug meldonium after Amos Youth Jersey US Open organisers confirmed that the 2006 champion will be handed a wildcard into the main draw. Sharapova, who pulled out of this week’s Cincinnati Open due to an injury to the left forearm suffered during her first-round win over Jennifer Brady in the Stanford Classic this month, returned from her ban in April but missed another two months of the season – including Wimbledon – with a leg injury sustained at the Italian Open in Rome. The Russian had been denied a wildcard for the French Open hours earlier, when tournament officials opted against her inclusion in the Roland Garros draw, but a spokesman for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), which oversees the US Open, said that its decision to include the former champion was consistent with its policy of awarding entry to past winners. “Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping programme was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process,” he said. “Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw. Previous US Open champions who have received US Open main draw wildcards include Martina Hingis, Lleyton Hewitt, Kim Cljisters and Juan Martín del Potro. “Additionally Sharapova has volunteered to speak to young tennis players at the USTA national campus about the importance of the tennis anti-doping programme and the personal responsibility each player has to comply with the programme’s requirements.” Sharapova has not entered a major tournament since the Australian Open in January 2016, when she tested positive for the drug. The 30-year-old is currently ranked No148 in the world and her inclusion was welcomed by the four-time US Open singles winner Billie Jean King. “Glad to see USTA give Maria Sharapova a wildcard, suspension over, great for the sport to have her back,” she wrote on Twitter. Serena Williams, meanwhile, has admitted she is targeting a return to tennis at the Australian Open in January as she prepares to give birth to her first child. The 23-times grand slam winner is expected to be a mother in a matter of weeks and is hoping to be back on court soon afterAlexander Zverev kept his winning streak alive with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday. The 20-year-old Zverev, the winner last week in Washington, posted a 10th straight match victory and ended the 36-year-old Federer’s own winning streak at 16. The German also tied Federer with a fifth tournament victory this year, although Federer’s haul includes two major titles. Zverev also got even for a loss to Federer at Halle in June and leveled their career head-to-head record at two wins each. Clearing the hurdles: why we're keeping the spotlight on women's sport Read more Zverev used some sharp groundstrokes to keep Federer from taking control early and got the only service break he needed to win the first set. Zverev escaped a break point at 1-0 in the second set with consecutive aces, then broke a mistake-prone Federerfor a 4-3 lead and served out the match. Zverev, the youngest Rogers Cup finalist since Novak Djokovic in 2007, was coming off an emotional victory over Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in the semi-finals. Federer missed a chance to tie Ivan Lendl for second place all time with 94 tournament wins. Jimmy Connors leads with 109. In the doubles final, fifth-seeded Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat seventh-seeded Rohan Bopanna of India and Ivan Dodig of CroatiaAndy Murray has pulled out of the Cincinnati Masters because of the hip injury he struggled with at Wimbledon. The Scot’s absence means he is certain to lose his world No1 ranking this month. Murray has not played since his quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon to Sam Querrey but still hopes to fit for the US Open – the final grand slam of the season – which starts on 28 August. Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of 2017 season with elbow injury Read more Murray said: “Unfortunately I won’t be playing in Cincinnati as I continue my recovery. I always enjoy playing there and I look forward to returning next year. I’m continuing to work hard on the court with the aim of being in New York.” His insistence he could play at the US Open is a good sign after fears his troublesome hip could rule him out for the rest of the season. Murray went into the defence of his Wimbledon title with the injury and kept it at bay for the early rounds before struggling against the big-hitting Querrey. Last week Murray pulled out of the Masters 1000 event in Montreal, and Cincinnati represented his final chance for a warmup before the US Open. Murray, who has been the world’s top-ranked player since November last year, will be overtaken by Rafael Nadal in the rankings if the Spaniard reaches the semi-finals in Montreal this week. Murray is not the only player feeling the effects of a gruelling year. Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka have already revealed they will sit out the rest of the season with elbow and knee injuries, respectively. Nadal will be the top seed in Cincinnati, which starts on Sunday, with the Wimbledon champion Roger Federer the second seed. It is the first time the pair have been the top two seeds at the event since 2009. ? This Amos Youth Jersey article was corrected on 10 August 2017. The earliest Rafael Nadal can replace Andy Murray as the world No1 is in Montreal this week, not next week in Cincinnati