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Maria Sharapova set for professional return at Porsche Grand Prix

Maria Sharapova set for professional return at Porsche Grand Prix

Maria Sharapova will make her professional tennis comeback at the Porsche Grand Prix in April, following a doping ban.

The former world No 1 is serving a 15-month ban after testing positive for meldonium in January 2016, and is eligible to compete again on April 26.

Sharapova has received a wildcard to enter the tournament in Germany, and will return to tennis without a ranking.

However, as the tournament starts two days before her suspension expires, the two-time French Open champion will not be allowed to attend until the Wednesday, the day of her first match.

“I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favourite tournaments,” Sharapova said. “I can’t wait to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love.”

Stuttgart is one of Sharapova’s most successful events, with the 29-year-old having won the title for three years in a row from 2012 to 2014.

She last played a professional tournament at the Australian Open almost 12 months ago, where she failed the doping test.[…]

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