Tennis: Sharapova to face Muguruza in Madrid exhibition

Maria Sharapova competing in the Elton John AIDS Foundation charity event in Las Vegas on Oct 10, 2016.
Maria Sharapova competing in the Elton John AIDS Foundation charity event in Las Vegas on Oct 10, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Banned five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will face French Open winner Garbine Muguruza on a half clay-half grass court exhibition in Madrid on Dec 2.

Sharapova is not free to compete on the WTA Tour until at least April 2017 despite having a doping ban for banned medication meldonium cut from 24 to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) earlier this month.

The Russian made her return to the court for the first time since receiving the ban for testing positive at the Australian Open in January in a light-hearted exhibition featuring Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation in Las Vegas last week.