Roger Federer says he will skip French Open
Angelique Kerber retakes No. 1....Italian Open win allows Sharapova to qualify for Wimbledon
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UNDATED (AP) - Roger Federer says he won't play in the French Open. In a message posted on his website, Federer says he will prepare to play on grass and hard courts later this season.

His agent, Tony Godsick, confirmed that the 18-time Grand Slam champion won't compete at the year's second major tournament, which starts in Paris on May 28.


 Angelique Kerber retakes No. 1

UNDATED (AP) - Angelique Kerber is back atop the WTA rankings, replacing Serena Williams. Monday's move up from No. 2 represents Kerber's third stay to the top spot, for a total of 26 weeks.

Because of a quirk in the rankings due to a slight shift in the tour calendar, Williams briefly returned to No. 1 last month, even though she has not played a match since winning the Australian Open in January.

Williams is due to give birth in the fall and is taking the rest of the year off.


 Italian Open win allows Sharapova to qualify for Wimbledon

ROME (AP) - Maria Sharapova has earned a spot in Wimbledon by beating 58th-ranked Christina McHale, 6-4, 6-2 in the opening round of the Italian Open.

The win gives Sharapova enough rankings points to qualify for the third Grand Slam of the year. The Italian Open is her third tournament since returning from a 15-month doping ban.

Sharapova will learn on Tuesday if she will be granted a wild card for the French Open this month.

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