Tennis: Sharapova wins first French Open match since 2015

AFP , Tuesday 29 May 2018

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - May 29, 2018 Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates winning her first round match against Netherlands' Richel Hogenkamp REUTERS

Two-time champion Maria Sharapova survived a serious scare to claim a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp in her first French Open match since 2015 on Tuesday.

The Russian was controversially not given a wildcard by organisers for the tournament last year, which took place shortly after her return from a doping suspension.

Sharapova, the 28th seed, will face Croatia's Donna Vekic in the second round.

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