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In the first match after a 15-month disqualification for the use of Meldonium Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova will play with a 35-th racket of the world Roberta Vinci from Italy

In the first round of the Stuttgart tournament, Maria Sharapova will play with a 35-th racket of the world Italian Roberta Vinci. These are the results held on Saturday Sarabuki. The match between Sharapova and Vinci, who will become the next first after a 15-month disqualification for the use of Meldonium, will be held on Wednesday, April 26.

Vinci, the winner of ten WTA tournaments. Six titles she won on clay, which will be held competitions in Stuttgart. “Roland Garros,” Vinci never beyond the fourth round is not reached. Her highest achievement in the tournament “Grand slam” final of the US Open in 2015 in which she lost to her compatriot Flavia Pennetta.

In the second round the winner of the match between Sharapova and Vinci will play either Russian, Ekaterina Makaroa, or with the eighth racket of the world Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland. Earlier, Sharapova is the Ambassador the main sponsor of the tournament in Stuttgart have won three Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Radwanska on the eve urged the organizers of the tournament “Grand slam” to give Sharapova a special invitation (wild card). She believes that she needs to break in these tournaments yourself

Ranking Sharapova does not allow her to get into the main draw of the next tournament series “Grand slam” — the Open championship of France and Wimbledon. According to Radwanska, Sharapova to qualify for these tournaments you must score points to less prestigious competitions. The organizers of the “Roland Garros” and Wimbledon are not supposed to give Sharapova a wild card.

In response to this statement Maria Sharapova agent Max Eisenbud called Radwanska tennis player of average level. According to him, the pole can expect to win on “Rolan Garros” and Wimbledon, only if in these tournaments will not play Sharapova, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova.

After the tournament in Stuttgart, Sharapova will play at the prestigious event in Madrid and Rome, which will be held in may 2017. The organizers starting may 28, “Roland Garros” will announce a decision regarding the participation of the Russians on may 15.

In early March of 2016, the Russian at a specially convened press conference, said that in her doping sample taken during the Australian Open in January 2016, was discovered Meldonium. From 1 January 2016 this medication belongs to banned by the world anti-doping Agency (WADA). All responsibility Sharapova took over, saying that he did not know about the prohibition of the drug, which is nearly ten years took on the advice of a family doctor.

After the decision on the disqualification Sharapova appealed to the CAS, demanding to reduce the sentence. The Russian has not appeared in court since late January 2016 after losing to American Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. In October 2016 it was expelled from the WTA rankings.

Sharapova became the first and only Russian tennis player who won all the tournaments of “Grand slam” in career. She twice won the “Roland Garros” and once won the championship at the US Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open. In 2012, Sharapova won the silver medal at the summer Olympics in London, and in 2004 won the WTA Championships.