Shara­pova wins first match in re­turn from dop­ing ban

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

STUTTGART, GER­MANY | Maria Shara­pova won her first match on her re­turn from a 15-month dop­ing ban, beat­ing Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 in the open­ing round of the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday.

The five-time Grand Slam cham­pion and former No. 1 was ear­lier given a luke­warm wel­come by 4,500 spec­ta­tors, re­ceiv­ing a po­lite ap­plause and some whistling when she en­tered the sold-out arena. Af­ter a shaky start and con­ced­ing seven of the first eight points, Shara­pova set­tled and showed flashes of her old self.

It was the Rus­sian’s first match since los­ing to Ser­ena Williams in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the 2016 Aus­tralian Open, and her first match on clay in nearly two years.

Last year, Shara­pova tested pos­i­tive for the banned sub­stance mel­do­nium.

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