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  • Sharapova wins 1st match on her return from 15 month ban

    2017-04-27 13:59:41.0
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    Former world number one Maria Sharapova made a winning comeback to the tour on Wednesday following h...

    Sharapova wins 1st match on her return from 15 month ban

    Former world number one Maria Sharapova made a winning comeback to the tour on Wednesday following her 15-month doping ban, sharapovabeating Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets in the first round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix. The 30-year-old Russian, a three-times winner on Stuttgart's clay courts, received a controversial wild card for the German tournament, having had no ranking points after more than a year out following her suspension. She had a nervous start in front of a supportive crowd but quickly found her strokes and her trademark shrieks to power past the world number 36, 7-5 6-3 and set up a second-round clash against fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

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