Sharapova draws Vinci as agent fires broadside

Tennis star Maria Sharapova rejoins the action on Wednesday after completing 15-month doping ban

Tennis star Maria Sharapova rejoins the action on Wednesday after completing 15-month doping ban

Angered with Sharapova receiving wild card entries, Agnieszka Radwanska told the local media that she feels the Russian should not receive wild card entries for Grand Slams.

"She wouldn't have a chance for [a wildcard] from my hands".

"So far she hasn't been invited to slams in Paris and London and in my opinion that's how it should remain".

"It's a little bit odd, also, for the players that she can walk on site on Wednesday and she can play on Wednesday", current world No. 1 Angelique Kerber said, noting that Sharapova's suspension won't be up until the third day of the tournament, which starts Monday.

The five-time Grand Slam victor and former world No. 1 returns to competition next week as a wild card in Stuttgart's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. "They are smart to try to keep Maria out of Paris", Eisenbud said.

He went onto claim it is Radwańska and Wozniacki's "last chance" to win a Grand Slam, pointing to the absence of pregnant world number two Serena Williams, Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova and Belarus' Victoria Azarenka, who is expected to return in July after having a baby.

Now the French Open and possibly Wimbledon must decide whether to give an entry to Sharapova, a former champion of both Grand Slams.

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"This kind of entry (wild cards) into the tournament should apply to players who dropped in the ranking because of injury, illness or some other random event".

Sharapova was banned for two years after testing positive for meldonium at last year's Australian Open, but had her suspension cut to 15 months on appeal. "Not for those suspended for doping", said Radwanska.

Sharapova, who starts her Stuttgart campaign against Italian veteran Roberta Vinci, had been taking the over-the-counter cardiac supplement when it was within the rules, but was later reclassified as a prohibited drug.

She is 0-2 against Sharapova throughout her career. She is an ambassador for Porsche, who sponsor the Stuttgart event.

"I think it's disrespectful to other players and the WTA", she had said in March.

Tournament director Markus Guenthardt knows Sharapova's presence will boost ticket sales for the indoor tournament.

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