Maria Sharapova one win away from automatically reaching French Open qualifiers

Maria Sharapova one win away from automatically reaching French Open qualifiers

Now, after she progressed to the semi-finals, Sharapova has created another talking point in an exchange with Dan King from the Sun Newspaper.

Sharapova played her second match in this tournament after a fifteen-months-long disqualification over the use of meldonium, a metabolic agent controversially blacklisted by the World Anti-Doping Agency as a medicine that might help athletes to enhance their performance during competitions.

Sharapova: First time, wow!

The former world No. 1 entered the event in Stuttgart, Germany, on a wild card after losing her ranking because of the ban.

Maria Sharapova's return to tennis after a 15-month ban could not have gone any better. "It's so unfair to all the other players who do it the right way and are true", Bouchard told Turkish TV ahead of her appearance in this week's Istanbul Cup.

The Frenchwoman claimed past year that other players were "saying she's a cheater" following Sharapova's sanction.

The Russian hit nine aces and held her serve throughout, converting three of her four break points to win in style.

Maria Sharapova is closing in on the French Open qualifiers after reaching the Porsche Grand Prix quarter-final in Stuttgart.

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Earlier this month, French Tennis Federation (FFT) president Bernard Giudicelli had hinted at their reservations to give the 30-year-old player a wild card entry which she would require as her world ranking has nearly disappeared during her absence.

But Bouchard, 23, believes that should never have been allowed to happen.

Bouchard, long seen as the Russian's heir in the sport's marketability stakes, had attacked Sharapova over her return from a 15-month suspension and suggested the former world No. 1 should be kicked out of tennis for life. It's a drug used readily in parts of eastern Europe, but was added to the WTA's list of banned substances in 2015.

Asked by the media about the comments, Sharapova said: "I don't have anything to say - I am way above that".

Last year's runner up and home favorite, Laura Siegemund, upset second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3 in a match that lasted over three hours.

"I'm way above that".

"I feel good. I feel happy", Halep said.

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