Maria Sharapova has made a successful return to the court after a 15-month doping ban.The Russian beat Roberta Vinci in straight sets Sneakers in her first match since her quarter-final defeat in last year's Australian Open.Sol Campbell identifies TWO defenders Arsenal should target this summerSharapova tested positive for the banned drug meldonium at the Grand Slam and was subsequently suspended for 15 months.Much has been made of the 30-year-old's return, with many players unhappy with the treatment Escada Sport weiss Summer dress DAPANA the five-time Grand Slam winner has received.Sharapova has been granted wildcards to events in Rome and Madrid and Italian star Vinci, her opponent in Stuttgart, was one of many to voice their displeasure.
But Sharapova put the controversy behind her in Germany with an encouraging display, given her lengthy absence from the game.After the victory, Sharapova said: 'It's the best feeling in the world. This has been a stage of mine since a young girl, walking back on was really special, I've been waiting for this for a long time.'She was broken in her first service game to go 2-0 down but, after finding her range, levelled the first set and began to assert.
Vinci proved a difficult opponent but a tight 58-minute Versace Collection nero Shift dress opener eventually went the way of the Russian, who clinched the first 7-5.While far from at her best - the match was packed with unforced errors - Sharapova kept her nose in front throughout the second to progress to the second round of the event.