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Article posted April 26, 2017 at 11:35 PM
Sharapova wins first match after doping ban
Article posted April 26, 2017 at 10:59 PM
Maria Sharapova won her first-round match at the Porsche Grand Prix. Maria Sharapova made her return to the tennis court Wednesday following a 15-month doping suspension, and one of the game’s most prominent players has already blasted her comeback. Sharapova won her first match
Article posted April 26, 2017 at 7:43 PM
Sharapova, victorious in return, keeps focus on tennis
Article posted April 26, 2017 at 5:14 PM
The Russian was grilled by press on Wednesday in Stuttgart.
Maria Sharapova gave a lengthy press conference after her 7-5, 6-3 win over Roberta Vinci on Wednesday. The topics discussed were varied, and the tone was sometimes antagonistic and sometimes humorous.
The Russian put a brave face on and dealt with a lot of questions about whether or not she deserves a wild card, how she feels when other players speak out against her and what she thought of some of the comments her agent Max Eisenbud, made about other WTA players.
When asked about the brewing controversy about receiving wild cards into tournaments despite protestations from other players, Sharapova said she’d do anything to play, even if it meant entering qualifying. “I think I’d be prepared to play in the juniors if I had to,” she said. “I think everyone in this room knows what a competitor I am and I don’t take everything for granted, and if I get the opportunity to be in a draw then I will take it.”
When she was asked whether she felt it was fair, she was quick to reply.
“That’s not my job,” she said. “My job is to be a tennis player and to be an athlete and to go out on the court and do what I did tonight.”
She will face Ekaterina Makarova in her next match at Stuttgart on Wednesday.
Article posted April 26, 2017 at 4:56 PM
On a day when focus was on Maria Sharapova, another big name was knocked out of Stuttgart.
Anett Kontaveit earns FIRST Top 10 win against Muguruza 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-1!
— WTA (@WTA) April 26, 2017
Garbiñe Muguruza‘s clay-court season has started on the Back foot. Last year’s Roland Garros champion was knocked out of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix by qualifier Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-1.
It was Kontaveit’s first career Top 10 win in four tries. The World No.73 will face the Sharapova-Makarova winner in the quarterfinals.
Muguruza drops to 6-2 against players outside the Top 50 this season.