Sharapova's French Open fate on May 15

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Roland Garros organisers will be wrestling with the moral conundrum surrounding a wildcard - or free entry into the French Open - given that Sharapova is the biggest draw card in women's tennis right now, and arguably much needed given the absence of Serena Williams who earlier this week announced her pregnancy.

Meanwhile, her rival Maria Sharapova has brushed off criticism from her rivals as she prepares to make her return next week in Stuttgart following her doping ban.

Sharapova started playing tennis when she was extremely young, turning pro when she was just 14.

The Russian takes to the Tennis court next Wednesday - the first day she is eligible to play, with some rivals disapproving of the Stuttgart decision.

Tennis star Serena Williams hinted yesterday via a Snapchat photo that she is pregnant, reported Sports Illustrated. I hope so. People make mistakes, it's the nature of things.

Williams, who has won a record 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era, has not been in action since January's Australian Open final win over sister Venus.

Meanwhile, as stated above, American great Serena Williams has announced she is expecting her first child with her fiance Alexis Ohanian, to whom she got engaged late previous year, around September.

This view echoes that of the world No 17 Barbora Strycova, who served a doping ban in 2013 and told The Daily Telegraph last month: "I don't think anyone is her friend on the tour".

"This kind of entry into the tournament should be available only for players who were dropped in the ranking due to injury, illness or other random accident".

Three years later, the Russian would complete her career Grand Slam at Roland Garros, regain the world number one ranking for a brief period of time and win the Silver Medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

If she needs some inspiration though, it's that Marin Cilic went on to win the US Open in 2014 less than twelve months after completing a four-month suspension (reduced from nine on appeal) for "incautious use of glucose".

But the most intriguing competitor is Maria Sharapova.

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