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Maria Sharepova First Action After Doping Ban


 It was a fun fair as Sharapova made her controversial return from a 15 months Sharp lbdoping ban on Wednesday as the Russian superstar took on Italian veteran Roberta Vinci at Stuttgart's WTA tournament. The former world No1, wearing an orange top and lilaccoloured skirt, looked nervous as she walked out to warm applause for her first match since testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 AustralianOpen.

She however, was given a wildcard to play at the Stuttgart tournament which she has won three times. Her initial two year suspension was cut to 15 months but the 30years is now without a world ranking and requires wildcards from tournaments. Her return in Stuttgart has divided opinion just as she has done ever since she burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old Wimbledon winner in 2004. For Sharapova it will certainlyhave been hard to have been on the outside for so long,  said former world No 1 Kim Clijsters, speaking in Stuttgart.

Let us see how she presents herself herethere is a world of difference between training and tournaments.Stuttgart is the first event to hand her a wildcard, which was not surprising as the tournament is sponsored by Porsche, one of the Russian's many highprofile personal sponsors. Igave her a wildcard with a clear conscience," said tournament director Markus Guenthardt. The spectators are looking forward to seeing Sharapova

The Forthcoming tournaments in Madrid and Rome have followed suit.With the likes of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova sidelined  and potential heir Eugenie Bouchard struggling  women's tennis needs pulling power and Sharapova ticks all the boxes. Please like and share!

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