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Maria Sharapova to face Eugenie Bouchard at Madrid Open

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was banned for taking meldonium




Maria Sharapova set up a match against Eugenie Bouchard with a first-round win at the Madrid Open on Sunday.

Canadian Bouchard called Sharapova "a cheater" prior to the Russian's return to competitive action in April after a 15-month doping ban.

Read more: Maria Sharapova to face Eugenie Bouchard at Madrid Open

Andy Murray: Grand Slams do not need Maria Sharapova coverage

World number one Andy Murray will defend his Aegon Championship title at Queen's Club next month following the French Open



World number one Andy Murray says Grand Slams face a "different decision" from smaller tournaments when it comes to giving Maria Sharapova a wildcard.

Sharapova, 30, needs an invitation to compete at this month's French Open after defeat in the Stuttgart Open semi-finals at the weekend.

Read more: Andy Murray: Grand Slams do not need Maria Sharapova coverage

Doping in sport: International Tennis Federation increases budget for drug testing

The most recent high-profile case of doping in tennis came when Maria Sharapova was banned for 15 months



There is to be a significant increase in the amount of drug testing in tennis, and more samples will be stored for future analysis.

Up to 8,000 samples will now be taken every year, with those provided by the highest-ranked players the most likely to be placed in long-term storage.

Read more: Doping in sport: International Tennis Federation increases budget for drug testing

Maria Sharapova is a 'cheater' and should not play tennis again - Eugenie Bouchard




"Cheat" Maria Sharapova should not have been allowed to play again, says 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

Russian Sharapova has beaten Roberta Vinci and Ekaterina Makarova at the Stuttgart Open on her return from a 15-month doping ban.

Read more: Maria Sharapova is a 'cheater' and should not play tennis again - Eugenie Bouchard

Maria Sharapova: Russian beats Roberta Vinci on return from doping ban

Maria Sharapova will find out on 16 May if she has been given a wildcard for the French Open



Maria Sharapova won on her return to action after a 15-month doping ban as she beat Roberta Vinci in the first round of the Stuttgart Open.

The Russian, who was suspended last March after testing positive for meldonium, beat the Italian 7-5 6-3.

Read more: Maria Sharapova: Russian beats Roberta Vinci on return from doping ban


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