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Timeline: Maria Sharapova - from ban to wildcard entry

Maria Sharapova's ban was reduced to 15 months  

Maria Sharapova is set to make her comeback to competitive tennis starting with the Stuttgart Open, from April 26, after serving her ban for failing a drugs test. Here’s a timeline of events over the last 15 months.

2016

January 26: Loses to long-term rival Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarter-final.

March 7: Reveals failed drug test for meldonium – controversially added to WADA banned list on January 1, 2016 – which she has used for various health issues for 10 years.

March 8: Porsche, Tag Heuer and Nike suspend lucrative sponsorship deals.

March 10: Racquet manufacturer Head stands with Sharapova, and offers to extend her contract.

March 12: Provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). She insists that warnings about changes to anti-doping rules were not communicated effectively.

March 15: United Nations removes Sharapova as goodwill ambassador. She had been active in helping recovery efforts after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

June 8: Banned for two years by the ITF.

October 4: Court of Arbitration for Sport reduces the ban from 24 months to 15 months, saying “she bore some degree of fault, for which a sanction of 15 months is appropriate".

October 10: Plays at charity event to support Elton John’s AIDS Foundation.

2017

January 10: Announces that she will make a comeback in April for the Stuttgart Grand Prix.

February 8: Granted wildcard for the Madrid Open.

March 1: Granted wildcard for Rome Masters. Andy Murray is critical of the decision to hand wildcards, saying offenders would need to “work their way back.”

April: Set to play in Stuttgart from April 26, despite event beginning two days before suspension expires.

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