Sharapova's French Open fate on May 15

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"It's a German tournament and we have so many good German players, so this is a little odd", said Germany's current world number one Angelique Kerber.

Maria Sharapova has brushed off criticism from her rivals as she prepares to make her return next week in Stuttgart following her 15-month doping ban.

As a result, she will be able to make a comeback at the Stuttgart Open next week, which has drawn the ire of the likes of Caroline Wozniacki and world number one Angelique Kerber.

Also in the Stern interview, Sharapova again hit out at the ITF - especially the boss of their anti-doping programme Stuart Miller - for failing to warn her before meldonium was added to the banned list.

Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation wipes her face during her women's singles match against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, June 1, 2015.

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However, there are others who have offered their support for Sharapova, including her compatriot, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, as well as career rivals Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka.

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 December, Serena (35) revealed she was engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian (33). 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.

She has previously come back from such a long absence a stronger player, like she did in 2009 when she reached the quarter-finals of the French Open after spending nine months on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury, during which saw her ranking dropped to as low as 126th.

"She's still a young woman, there's still room for improvement on a personal level".

But the most intriguing competitor is Maria Sharapova.