Kristina Mladenovic spoke about Sharapova’s comeback, saying that the Russian was getting ‘extra help’ in her comeback from a 15-month doping ban. The Russian has been given wild cards by tournament organisers in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome, much to the irritation of many of her rivals, including Frenchwoman Mladenovic.
"In sport nowadays it is also about the media and business. Maria is a big name, who makes people come to watch her," said Mladenovic. “On one hand, I totally understand the tournaments want her in the draw, because she is very famous and they want more attention, which is part of the business.” On the other hand, you can ask if it is fair to get a wild card.
It's a fact that she was caught by anti-doping, but she wasn't the first one. Others have also had the right to come back and play tennis, but with a different road, they wouldn't get invitations to tournaments,” she continued.
“Of course, she is authorised to play tennis again, but why would she get that extra help compared to other players?” Mladenovic also praised Sharapova, saying is impressed with Sharapova's form in beating Roberta Vinci and Ekaterina Makarova in the earlier rounds of Stuttgart.
“She has been quite impressive, she has not played for a long time and has come back, beating players with different styles. I think she is still mastering her 'A Game'. I didn't see anything new, I think she is just playing her game really well, like she did in the past." ALSO READ Maria Sharapova is starting from Ground Zero: WTA Chief