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Sharapova's 1st opponent opposes wild cards after doping ban

Those criticising Sharapova's wildcard return are jealous 'journeymen', says agent Sharapova should not get wildcard – Radwanska
Cris De Lacerda | 26 Abril, 2017, 15:25

Andy Murray, the current men's number one and a noted hard-liner on anti-doping, said in the Times last month: "I think you should really have to work your way back". "She paid for her mistakes", Vinci, 34, said on Monday.

When Maria takes on Roberta on 24th April, she will look forward to dispatch the experienced Italian player and mark her return on tennis tour in style.

She was even given a Wednesday start as that's the day her ban - imposed for testing positive for meldonium at last year's Australian Open - comes to an end.

Sharapova's invitation for the Stuttgart tournament raised eyebrows in the tennis community, with Romanian Simona Halep, who was defeated by Sharapova in the 2014 French Open final, saying: "For the kids, for the young players, it is not OK to help with a wild card the player that was banned for doping". "I know I am respected", says an unconcerned Sharapova. "She is a great person, a great player, a great champion, but this is my opinion". Also Vinci, like other players, doesn't think it's right to award Sharapova with wild cards.

"It's an interesting match for sure, a hard match, a tricky match but I am happy".

"I think it's a bonus for any tournament. this will draw more spectators, and I'm interested to see as well". I am preparing all in the same way as (for) other tournaments.

Seven-time major victor Venus Williams told reporters last month in Charleston: "I feel like I have perspective in life, and sometimes things happen. It's also unusual for the players, that she can walk on site on Wednesday and she can play on Wednesday".

"Probably there are a lot of players who are agreeing with me about the wildcard". I will try to play my best and that's it'.

This, combined with Stuttgart tailoring the event to suit her timely return (her ban ended on Tuesday) and her role as a Porsche ambassador has sparked a backlash from players and tennis fans alike.

The unbelievably ageless and irresistibly attractive Miss Welch once also (infamously) told those obviously envious of her, well, looks and curves, "F_k it", when they insinuated that everything about her body was fake.

Like it or not, Sharapova's presence back on the tour brings star quality and plenty of intrigue.

"I haven't wasted a single thought on it".

Also in Sharapova's side of the draw, where top seed and world number two Angelique Kerber lies in wait, Anett Kontaveit beat Ana Konjuh to book a second-round meeting with French Open champion Garbine Muguruza.

"This clay is fast". The Russian will next play last year's finalist Laura Siegemund, who defeated Shuai Zhang 6-2, 7-6 (4).