Russian Sharapova, who is supposed to make her return to the sport after a 15-month doping ban can officially play in any tournament from April 26. And with the Stuttgart tournament kicking just two days later, the 29-year-old’s request to participate in the event was approved by the organizers. Moreover, she won’t be allowed at the venue until the day of her match.
The world No. 14 Wozniacki who has head-to- head 4-6 against Sharapova said that she thinks everyone deserves a second chance. But at the same time, she feels like when a player is banned for drugs; she thinks that someone should start from the bottom and fight their way back because it’s different from an injury.
The winner of 35 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles received a reduced 15-month ban for testing positive for meldonium, with the Court of Arbitration for Sports returned a verdict that she had not intentionally broken anti-doping laws when she took the recently added banned substance.
Sharapova, whose primary sponsor is Porsche, has won the Porsche Grand Prix three times previously.
Wozniacki has questioned that Sharapova should not have been allowed to participate in Stuttgart, which starts two days before she completes her anti-doping suspension.
At the on going tournament at Indian Wells Wozniacki said that she thinks it’s very questionable, allowing a player that is still banned to play in a tournament that week.
she said: “I think it’s disrespectful to other players and the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association).”
As Sharapova’s first round match at the event has been scheduled for the exact day she is eligible to play in any tournament, Wozniacki said that obviously the rules are twisted and turned in favor of who wants to do what.
However, American No.3 Venus Williams said tournament officials should decide whether to give Sharapova a wildcard or not. She said it would be nice to have her[Sharapova] back in the game.