Maria Sharapova is looking to winning the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 2017 to make an everlasting impact yet again in women's tennis. The 30-year-old Russian star plays in the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open 2017 on Friday April 28, against the 21-year-old Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.
After a thumping win against Italy's Roberta Vinci in the first round of the tennis tournament, Sharapova recorded yet another straight sets 7-5 6-1 win over her compatriot Ekaterina Makarova, in the second round on Thursday April 27.
Much has been said by her peers like Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Wozniacki over Sharapova's controversial return to tennis following a 15-month doping suspension.
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However, as for the Russian lady itself, it doesn't make a difference to her. "I'm not getting a wildcard to receive a trophy or a golden platter," Sharapova minces no words when asked to speak out about the criticisms she has been facing.
"I have to get through the matches and I still have to win them and that's my job."
Meanwhile, if Sharapova progresses to the semifinals of the Stuttgart Open 2017 tennis tournament, she will be facing either Spain's Carla Suárez Navarro or France's Kristina Mladenovic, who is in a super-hot form at the moment.
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The 23-year-old lanky lass defeated Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-2 7-5 in her previous round!
Sharapova vs Makarova: Match schedule
- Date: April 27
- Time: Approx 5:30 pm IST [12 pm GMT, 8 am EST]
- Venue: Center Court, Porsche Arena.
Where to watch and follow
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India: TV: No live coverage.
USA, Australia, France, Middle East: TV: Bein Sports. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
Germany: TV: DAZN. Live Streaming: DAZN Online.
UK and Ireland: TV: BT Sport.
Live tennis score: WTA website.