Eight months have passed since returning of Maria Sharapova on the court, after a year-long disqualification due to meldonium, a doping substance forbidden, which has removed the Russian tennis player from the most important world tennis courts.
Sharapova returned to the competition with a wild card obtained for the Stuttgart tournament at the end of April 2017. Not all of her colleagues appreciated this, but the Siberian went right ahead on her path, again limescaling the stage of the women's tennis.
Thanks to the semi-finals in Stuttgart, Sharapova officially entered again in the WTA World Ranking, precisely at No. 262. Despite the semi-finals at the German tournament, she did not qualify for the qualification draw of the French Open, so she needed a wild card to be able to access in the Parisian Tournament.
A week after the German tournament, Sharapova took part in the third seasonal Premier Mandatory, the Mutua Madrid Open, always thanks to a wild card given by the organizers. In the second round, she was surprised by Eugenie Bouchard, who defeated Maria in one of the most beautiful matches of the year.
After failing to participate at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, she returned after two months, participating at the Bank of the West Classic, at a distance of 6 years after her last participation.
Thanks to a wild card granted to the US Open, Russian player eliminated in the first round Simona Halep, at the end of a big challenge. On October 15th, in Tianjin, she won the 36th WTA career title, the first after her return from disqualification, beating the 19-year-old Aryna Sabalenka in two sets.
Her year, conditioned by injuries and ups and downs, was still great. She won a tournament, played and won fantastic matches, and however brilliant as everyone hoped at media level. Also because of some controversy, like that with Eugenie Bouchard. Her return is to be considered a success in general. Especially for the new season, where she will definitely be one of the great protagonists.