Sharapova claims first tournament victory since return from drugs ban

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Thanks to this success five times champion of tournaments of the Grand slam Monday will become the 57th player in the world.

Five-time Grand Slam victor Maria Sharapova was made to fight by 102nd-ranked teenager Aryna Sabalenka at the Tianjin Open on Sunday before winning her first title since her 15-month doping ban.

Maria Sharapova beat Aryna Sabalenka to win the Tianjin Open.

The Russian defeated Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 7-5, 7-6 in the Chinese city to win the title.

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The Daily Telegraph pointed out that Sabalenka cost herself the match courtesy unforced errors. The 30-year-old, ranked 86 in the world, was granted a wildcard for Tianjin because her ranking was too low.

During first set Sharapova had lost 1:4, but managed to turn the game around.

Sharapova, who won women's singles silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the competition played at Wimbledon, was handed a two-year ban after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. Prior to her ban, Sharapova suffered a series of career-threatening injuries, with many analysts calling for her retirement. "Obviously she really likes playing here and is the defending champion so she feels really good about the court and the atmosphere", Sharapova said of Peng, according to the WTA website.

Though Maria Sharapova has been playing on wildcards this season, she has the opportunity to break into the Top-50 before the end of the year.