Maria Sharapova through to semi-finals in Stuttgart

Carla Harmon
May 8, 2017

Sharapova beat Anett Kontaveit 6-4 6-3 to set up a last-four match with Mladenovic at the Stuttgart Open.

The former world number one was a wildcard entry for the tournament she has won three times and her first-round win over Roberta Vinci had come just 24 hours earlier.

"In sport nowadays it is also about the media and business". I didn't know when I would be back. On the other hand, you can ask if it is fair to get a wild card.

As it turns out, Pietersen has now joined the chorus and insisted that an athlete should be banned for life if they're caught doping. While some players contend she should work her way up without the help of wild cards from tournaments, others believe that she has served her punishment for doping and she was entitled to play, ESPN reported. "I executed a great plan", the 30-year-old said in an on-court interview. "I have let my tennis do the talking. I don't need to comment on that", Sharapova said after notching a second round win in Stuttgart over compatriot Ekaterina Makarova. Sharapova, for her part, began her comeback trail in Germany.

Thursday's win was a far more polished, confident display from Sharapova, who hit nine aces and 29 winners against fellow Russian Makarova.

However, if she wins Sunday's final, Sharapova will rank approximately 125th in the world - high enough for a qualifying place at both the French Open and Wimbledon.

Kontaveit showed spirit to break straight back, a backhand victor kissing the baseline to offer hope, but it was quickly dashed by the irresistible force on the other side of the net, Sharapova breaking again by forcing a forehand error after a demanding rally.

Canadian tennis professional Eugenie Bouchard slams Maria Sharapova, saying she shouldn't be allowed to play on the WTA Tour again.

She added: "I am a competitor by nature". 'I felt pretty good, and I think the adrenaline of just being excited and looking forward to competing and the challenge of every opponent, and the difference of play in each opponent, I'm mentally excited for it. I didn't play well, but I still had some chances in the first two sets.

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