Maria Sharapova’s first tournament since her controversial return to tennis is over after losing to Kristina Mladenovic of France in the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals.
Mladenovic beat former top-ranked Maria Sharapova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 Saturday.
In her fourth match following a 15-month doping ban, the Russia was left to rue missing 13 of her 16 break-point opportunities as Mladenovic rallied to win in 2 hours, 38 minutes.
Sharapova after the match. #porschetennis pic.twitter.com/S7cbn0DrSR
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) April 29, 2017
You’re special, Stuttgart!! Thank you ❤️@PorscheTennis pic.twitter.com/EwBX8HJNdh
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) April 29, 2017
Later Today, the 19th-ranked Mladenovic, who ousted two-time defending champion Angelique Kerber on Thursday, next plays Laura Siegemund who beat fourth seed Simona Halep in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.
Back in the @PorscheTennis Final!@LauraSiegemund knocks out Halep 6-4, 7-5!
Plays @KiKiMladenovic next! #PTGP2017 pic.twitter.com/HknZ6L0hrr
— WTA (@WTA) April 29, 2017
Culled from nbcsports
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