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Sharapova beat Roberta Vinci 7-5 6-3 on her return to competitive tennis at the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday, having served a 15-month doping suspension for using meldonium.
MIKE DICKSON IN STUTTGART: On the exact day that her 15-month doping ban expired, the five-times Grand Slam champion served notice that she will once again be a force.
Johanna Konta put a difficult weekend behind her to reach the second round of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart with a victory over teenager Naomi Osaka.
Andy Murray has advanced to the third round of the Barcelona Open without playing a stroke after opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew on Wednesday morning.
Maria Sharapova will find out next month if she can compete at the French Open. French tennis federation president Bernard Giudicelli said the announcement will be made on May 16 at 7pm.
MIKE DICKSON: At 9.15am on Wednesday morning — four days after the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix actually began — Maria Sharapova will finally be allowed on court at the event.
MIKE DICKSON - EXCLUSIVE: Max Eisenbud, who represents Maria Sharapova, received a stern talking-to from women’s tour chief executive Steve Simon over the comments.
MIKE DICKSON: Maria Sharapova begins her tennis comeback on Wednesday, and will play three tournaments in the next four weeks that could ultimately get her into Wimbledon.
British No 3 Dan Evans beat Germany's Mischa Zverev 6-4 6-4 at the Barcelona Open to secure a last-16 showdown against Dominic Thiem, who earlier knocked out Kyle Edmund.
World No 1 Andy Murray returned to the Barcelona clay courts that launched his career as he put in some overtime ahead of the French Open.
Maria Sharapova’s opponent in her comeback match disagrees with her being allowed to play in the tournament, and believes that most players side with her on the issue.
Serena Williams returned to number one in the women's rankings even though she has not played professionally since cruising to the Australian Open title nearly three months ago.
Earlier this month Evans bemoaned his failure to get to grips with the surface after Great Britain lost their Davis Cup quarter-final to France, before progressing at the Barcelona Open.
Ilie Nastase has been handed a provisional suspension from the Fed Cup by the ITF - but that did not stop him brazenly walking back into Tenis Club IDU in Constanta on Sunday.
MARTHA KELNER IN CONSTANTA: Konta has defended herself against accusations of gamesmanship and said she needs time to recover from the drama of the Fed Cup.
Rafael Nadal easily beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 in an all-Spanish final on Sunday to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the 10th time and clinch the 70th title of his career.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal beat David Goffin 6-3, 6-1 to move within one more win of a 10th Monte Carlo Masters title on Saturday.
MIKE DICKSON: Some time next Wednesday Maria Sharapova will enter the women’s locker room for the first time since the Australian Open a year last January.
Jo Konta's Fed Cup opponent Sorana Cirstea pulled no punches in her assessment of the British star's reaction to Ilie Nastase's verbal abuse. Cirstea said Konta had 'exaggerated'.
If Sharapova wins there is the prospect of a second round grudge match against Agnieszka Radwanska, who has been among those players to criticise the decision to give her wildcard entries.