Sharapova's French Open fate on May 15

Jo Konta has had a sensational year and was granted a late wildcard for Stuttgart

The five-time Grand Slam victor and former world No. 1 returns to competition next week as a wild card in Stuttgart's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

On the other hand, Sharapova is a five-time grand slam victor and former No. 1 player in the world.

Embattled Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova will learn on May 15 whether she will be able to compete at the French Open as she prepares to make a return from a doping ban.

Maria Sharapova should not be given a wildcard entry into next month's French Open, according to Agnieszka Radwanska.

The World Anti-Doping Agency banned meldonium, which was previously legal last year.

Sharapova was initially suspended for two years after testing positive for banned substance meldonium at last year's Australian Open, before the ban was reduced upon appeal.

When asked if Sharapova should be given French Open and Wimbledon wildcards, Becker said: "It would be foolish for the biggest tournaments in the world not to offer the most important players wildcards, and she's one of the most important players. She should win her place thanks to good results".

Sharapova won the title in Paris in 2012 and 2014, while in 2013 she lost to Serena.

She has previously come back from such a long absence a stronger player, like she did in 2009 when she reached the quarter-finals of the French Open after spending nine months on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury, during which saw her ranking dropped to as low as 126th.

"She wouldn't have a chance for (a wildcard) from my hands (if I was a tournament director)". Sharapova has also been invited to clay-court events in Madrid and Rome.

It had been thought by many in the past day that the withdrawal of Williams could help the Russian, who is probably the only player who can draw crowds like the American, though the new president of the French Tennis Federation, Bernard Giudicelli, stated that the American's absence would have no influence over their decision.

The absence of three-time victor Serena Williams, could be a factor as the women's game is short on big personalities.

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