Maria Sharapova made a winning comeback to the tour following her 15-month doping ban.
The former world number one beat Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets in the first round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix.
WTA (@WTA) April 26, 2017
The 30-year-old Russian received a controversial wild card for the German tournament, having had no ranking points after more than a year out following her suspension.
This feeling is everything!! Thank you!!❤️ pic.twitter.com/J7UNBs4Jqi— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) April 26, 2017
She made a nervous start, but found her strokes to power past the world number 36, 7-5 6-3.
She will now play fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the second round.