Sharapova Faces Vinci in First Match Back Following Ban in Stuttgart

published: Apr, 22, 2017

by: Nima Naderi

Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova will return to competitive tennis next week at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. The Russian and five-time Major winner returns to the WTA after a 16 month ban for taking meldonium.

Sharapova was drawn to face former US Open finalist Roberta Vinci in the first-round. Sharapova remains suspended for the first half of the event and is eligible to begin playing as of Wednesday (April 26).

Angie Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Dominika Cibulkova, Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Agi Radwanska, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Vesnina are also featured in the star-studded event.

View the Stuttgart draw here.

Nima Naderi

Founder and Creative Director of He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the,, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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