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Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Sharapova should not get French Open wildcard, says rival Radwanska

Sharapova should not get French Open wildcard, says rival Radwanska

She has also been invited to clay-court events in Madrid and Rome.

Victory for Vinolas-Ramos marked the first time the 29-year-old from Barcelona, who reached last year's French Open quarter-finals, had got the better of a world number one.

Whether she receives a wildcard for Roland Garros will be revealed just a week before qualifying begins for the May 28-June 11 Grand Slam.

Sharapova was initially banned for two years after testing positive for meldonium, which she said she had been taking for a decade due to health problems and had not realised it had been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list at the start of 2016.

Roland Garros will already be missing another big draw to the women's game as Serena Williams is expecting her first child.

"Williams and Sharapova are two unconnected cases", said Giudicelli.

Angelique Kerber is now the world's top female player as far as the rankings are concerned (though she will be deposed by Williams when the rankings are updated next Monday), while Johanna Konta and Karolina Pliskova are among those peaking at the right time in their respective careers.

She makes her return on Wednesday - the first day she is eligible to play - having been given a wild card for Stuttgart's WTA tournament, with some rivals disapproving of the organisers' decision.

"It's a German tournament and we have so many good German players so this is a little odd", said Germany's world number one Angelique Kerber. Sharapova, a five-time major champion, is now the 7th ranked player on the WTA tour. While the No. 2 player in the world is on maternity leave, her peers may see this as a golden opportunity to capture a Grand Slam.

If she needs some inspiration though, it's that Marin Cilic went on to win the US Open in 2014 less than twelve months after completing a four-month suspension (reduced from nine on appeal) for "incautious use of glucose".

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