Maria Sharapova wins in return from doping ban

After the end of her 15-month doping suspension Sharapova will play at the Porsche Grand Prix tennis tournament in Stuttgart this week. (Bernd Weissbrod

`Wild-card` Sharapova set for Stuttgart return post doping ban

Sharapova won her first match since her reinstatement, beating Roberta Vinci, 7-5, 6-3, at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.

Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation wipes her face during her women's singles match against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, June 1, 2015.

"Sharapova now has at least one more chance in Stuttgart to knock her game further into shape, and has also been granted wildcard entries for Rome and Madrid".

She will now take on unseeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the next round.

"This is what I've done for so long".

The five-time grand slam champion tested positive for banned substance meldonium during the first grand slam of 2016 and had a two-year ban reduced to 15 months at the Court of Arbitration for Sport after launching an appeal.

Wednesday's match was the first one for Sharapova after a fifteen-months-long disqualification for the use of Meldonium, a metabolic drug, which the world anti-doping agency WADA controversially banned as of January 1, 2016, allegedly because it could help athletes enhance their performance during competitions. I think I was very much in the moment today.

Sharapova will find out in May if she will receive a wild card to the French Open, which she won in 2012 and 2014. I went to school for a little bit, I grew my business and had a normal life.

"This is what I've done for so long". And I'm a competitor by nature, even when things are not working.

"I felt I had to grow as a person and I felt I had to step up and do it".

Sharapova refused to be drawn into the debate, insisting only that "I am not offered trophies on silver platters". I do my job and my job consists of practising - I'll go in there and take an ice bath. I see Facebook, Instagram, always put Sharapova-Vinci, first match. At the time of going to print, she was leading Vinci 2-0 in the second set.

Earlier this month, French Tennis Federation (FFT) president Bernard Giudicelli had hinted at their reservations to give the 30-year-old player a wild card entry which she would require as her world ranking has nearly disappeared during her absence.

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