Tennis: Sharapova to make pro comeback in April

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Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova will make her professional comeback at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart on April 26 after her 15-month doping ban, organizers said Tuesday.

"I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favorite tournaments," said Sharapova, a three-time winner at the annual clay court event, in a statement. "I can't wait to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love."

The 29-year-old former world No. 1 was given a two-year suspension last March after testing positive for a prohibited drug. Her ban was then reduced in October following an appeal.

Sharapova has five Grand Slam titles and won the silver medal in women's singles at the 2012 London Olympics.

==Kyodo

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