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Steve Simon defends Maria Sharapova wildcards

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 :  Maria Sharapova’s wildcard entry into the Stuttgart Open has been defended by WTA chief Steve Simon, who said it is in keeping with how former dopers are treated in other sports.

The 30-year-old Russian’s 15-month ban for using meldonium ends on Wednesday when she plays in the first round.


Italy’s Roberta Vinci – Sharapova’s opponent in her comeback match on Wednesday – disagrees with the decision to invite the five-time Grand Slam champion into the main draw.

World number eight Agnieszka Radwanska, who Sharapova might have met in the second round had she not lost to Ekaterina Makarova, and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki have also questioned her presence at the tournament.

In addition to Stuttgart, Sharapova has been granted wildcards by the organisers of the events in Madrid and Rome. She does not have a world ranking after her points expired during her suspension and would need to reach the final in Stuttgart to be eligible for French Open qualifying.

Source : Internet

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