Dominika Cibulkova

Halep, Cornet give Sharapova wild-card debate new impetus

A day before Maria Sharapova was to play her first tennis match since being banned for doping, the debate about the Russian's wild-card entry for the Porsche Grand Prix continued Tuesday.

Simona Halep and Alize Cornet joined the growing legion of players criticizing tournament organizers for offering Sharapova a direct spot in their main draws.

"For the kids, for the young players, it is not OK to help with a wild card the player that was banned for doping," said the fifth-ranked Halep, adding that "it is not about Maria Sharapova here, but it is about all the players that are found doped."

"I cannot support what the tournament director did,...