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Maria Sharapova French Open decision on Russian player on May 15

20 April 2017, 07:09 | Charlene Valdez

Jo Konta has had a sensational year and was granted a late wildcard for Stuttgart

Jo Konta has had a sensational year and was granted a late wildcard for Stuttgart

Embattled Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova will learn on May 15 whether she will be able to compete at the French Open as she prepares to make a return from a doping ban. After playing for Great Britain in the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs in Romania this weekend, she will head to Germany for one of the most eagerly anticipated WTA tournaments in some time. Left-hander Muller served for the first set but Murray dug himself out of trouble to move through.

This was a medication the Russian had been taking when it was within the rules but which was later reclassified as a prohibited drug.

Konta, the world No 7, has chose to play next week in an effort to spend more time on clay courts before the French Open begins next month.

Sharapova, last week, criticised the WTA for not making her aware that meldonium had been added to the banned list of substances prior to testing positive for it at the 2016 Australian Open.

The British No 1 is ranked seven in the world, but her seeding will not be enough to gain one of the four first round byes, so she could meet Sharapova first up.

The Russian, who will make her comeback at the Stuttgart Open next week following a 15-month suspension, said that she is confident her opponents still respect her.

"He didn't want to know anything about it", she said.

"At the ITF, they should make sure the athletes are informed about the new doping rules. And they belong to the ITF".

About the doping ban, Sharapova said she found it "incredibly difficult" to come to terms with it: "I felt very small and vulnerable".

The 35-year-old world No. 2, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, posted a photo on Snapchat with the caption: "20 weeks". However, save the occasional photo on Instagram, the two haven't discussed their relationship publicly. He proposed with a large diamond ring.

Her rivals should be excited. Of course, motherhood doesn't mean end of the career for a woman's tennis player. "We're staging a Grand Slam, not a casting", Sport24 quoted Giudicelli as saying.

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