The tennis star pulled out of Wimbledon and withdrew from Stanford due to injury

Maria Sharapova has accepted a wildcard invitation for the China Open in Beijing.

The Russian tennis star had previously withdrawn from Wimbledon and the entire grass court season due to a thigh injury. Last week, the five-time Grand Slam champion also withdrew from Stanford following an arm injury.

The 30-year-old has only played four tournaments since returning from a 15 month doping ban for the use of meldonium in April.

“I’m very happy to announce that I will return to Beijing and play the China Open this October,” she said in a statement. “This is especially exciting as it will be my first tournament in Asia this year!”

Other tennis stars heading to China include  Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams and home favourites Zhang Shuai and Peng Shuai.

The tournament runs from 24 September to 8 October.