STUTTGART, Germany (AFP) — Maria Sharapova supplied her congratulations to pregnant rival Serena Williams after the Russian made her return from a 15-month ban for doping on Wednesday.
“I think it’s one of the greatest gifts that a woman can receive in life, it’s a blessing. It’s a beautiful chapter in her life,” mentioned Sharapova when requested about Williams.
Sharapova was banned after the previous world primary examined constructive for meldonium following her quarter-final defeat to Williams on the 2016 Australian Open.
Williams, who has simply regained the world primary slot, revealed final week that she is anticipating her first child and won’t play once more this 12 months.
Williams, 35, has dominated the Russian for greater than a decade with 19 wins in comparison with Sharapova’s two, each of which got here again in 2004.
Sharapova made her return on the WTA event in Stuttgart on Wednesday when she dismissed the rust to seal a with a 7-5, 6-Three first-round win over Roberta Vinci.
Sharapova has gained 5 Grand Slam titles, in comparison with Williams’ 23, and can uncover on May 16 whether or not she’s going to have the ability to play on the French Open on a wild card.
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