Sharapova to learn French Open fate on May 16

Her 7-5, 6-3 victory over the Italian may have stung Vinci just a little bit more. "I've been visualizing it and thinking about it, but I don't know". I went to school for a little bit, I was working a little bit growing my business.

"It's the most [time away from tennis] since I had shoulder surgery". But Sharapova fought back with a break of her own and also had some nice shots, like the one below, to fight back into the match.

Despite the tournament beginning last weekend, Sharapova's opening match against Roberta Vinci has been scheduled to play on her first day of eligibility.

The Russian has played her first match since ending a a 15 month doping ban at the WTA tournament in Stuttgart after being given a wildcard by the tournament director.

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 tennis world has been buzzing with speculation that the two-time victor would be forced to play qualifying matches - facing off against "rising" stars on side courts to actually earn a place in the main draw. "I know she's coming back after a long time but she's coming back not after an injury".

"I don't spend too much time there [in the locker room]". This what I have done for so long, and when you're in the moment and you try and block everything out.

She received a wildcard to enter the tournament - essentially a free pass into the draw thus not being required to play qualifying matches.

The Russian admitted complacency on her part but blamed the ITF for not informing her on time.

She further added, "I'm competitive by nature, even when things aren't working out". "She is a great person, a great player, a great champion, but this is my opinion".

Former world number one Maria Sharapova will find out on 16 May if she has been given a wildcard for the French Open. "I think a lot of players out there don't feel it's right". "It's so unfair to all the other players who do it the right way and are true", Bouchard said.

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