Maria Sharapova playing on wild card entry after returning from a doping ban progressed into the semi-finals of the Stuttgart Tennis Open. She beat Anett Kontaveit 6-4, 6-3. The Russian in good form and serving very well, took one hour and 23 minutes to defeat her opponent.

Maria Sharapova wins on return from her ban.

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She faces Kristina Mladenovic in the Saturday finals. It is interesting that her finals opponent had opposed and criticised the wild card entry.

Sharapova has not dropped a set till now. This gives her a chance to avoid any future criticism and automatically qualify for the French Open if she is able to reach the final without dropping any sets.