Maria Sharapova's drugs ban has been reduced to 15 months following her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
She's a five-time Grand Slam Champion, one of only six women to win all four slams in the open era, but there's more to Maria Sharapova than just tennis.
There is a one in 20 chance that Konta will be Sharapova's opponent when the draw is made on Saturday.
She makes her return on Wednesday - the first day she is eligible to play - having been given a wild card for Stuttgart's WTA tournament, with some rivals disapproving of the organisers' decision.
"Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are two separate cases", he commented, adding, "we are organizing a Grand Slam tournament, not a casting".
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Her rivals should be excited.
Sharapova had an initial two-year suspension by the International Tennis Federation cut to 15 months after she tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. In addition, while she did make a mistake, she will end up serving her punishment for it.
In December, Serena (35) revealed she was engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian (33).
Back on topic now, and it will remain to be seen how Maria Sharapova fares in her return to professional tennis after fifteen months out of the game thanks to a careless mistake she made very early past year. While the No. 2 player in the world is on maternity leave, her peers may see this as a golden opportunity to capture a Grand Slam.
"This kind of entry into the tournament should be available only for players who were dropped in the ranking due to injury, illness or other random accident". Sharapova, a five-time major champion, is now the 7th ranked player on the WTA tour.
Cilic was three weeks short of turning 26 at the time of his triumph at Flushing Meadows three years ago, and went on to reach a career-high ranking of number six last November.