Sharapova served the suspension for taking controversial medication meldonium during the 2016 Australian Open.
The former World No.1 improved her record in first rounds of Grand Slams to 48-3.
Jo Konta has been tipped as a contender for the Australian Open title after linking up with Maria Sharapova's former coach.
Tiley said organisers always want a former champion to conduct the draw, and because of ongoing tournaments and other commitments, the 10-year anniversary of Sharapova's victory in Melbourne was the ideal opportunity to opt for the Russian.
"I've got shivers", Sharapova said of playing again at Melbourne Park. "I cherish these moments".
Maria Sharapova's first match back at the Australian Open turned out to be against someone who made the scoreboard read simply "Maria Sharapova".
It set the tone for the opening stanza with Sharapova, behind her trademark loud shrieking, powering home winners as Maria failed to hold serve. "I love it here", she added.
Pera carries an EpiPen emergency allergy injector with her at all times, just to be safe.
Johanna Konta is free from injury, ready to put a awful second half to 2017 behind her and with Andy Murray recuperating from hip surgery, happy to shoulder the burden of British tennis fans at the Australian Open.
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Pera has only seen Konta play on television, so she's a little unsure what to expect.
"After being away for such a long time, there are adjustments", she said.
The 2016 champion pounced on Friedsam's shaky service game, breaking six times on her way to a 6-0, 6-4 victory on Hisense Arena.
Pliskova, who held the top ranking in July of previous year, is among six players who could return to No. 1 depending on results at the season-opening major.
Her struggles were exacerbated by a foot injury and while she managed to end her losing streak in Brisbane two weeks ago with wins over Madison Keys and Ajla Tomljanovic, she withdrew from a quarter-final against Elina Svitolina with a hip injury. The defending champion lost to eventual victor Elina Svitolina in the semifinals.
"The hard part is to get them to do it day in and day out and to have confidence, to know they belong and that they can win a lot of matches on their terms".
There was some success for the Americans as Bernarda Pera beat Russian qualifier Anna Blinkova 6-2, 6-2, while Spain's Lara Arruabarrena eased past the Netherlands' Richel Hogenkamp 6-1, 6-2 in under an hour. On Monday, the nine U.S. women eliminated included 2017 finalist Venus Williams and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens. She was defeated by Angelique Kerber in the semifinals in 2016 and lost to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals past year.
Fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova begins play on Rod Laver Arena in a match Tuesday against Veronica Cepede Royg, with Halep following two matches later against Destanee Aiava.
She also said it would be "completely irresponsible" for Democrats to demand that a deal be tied to keeping the government funded. Tom Cotton, a key Trump supporter and immigration hardliner, called the bipartisan proposal "a joke", Bloomberg News reported .
The Jaguars hold a healthy lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers , and it might be time to look ahead to the AFC Championship. He said he wants to do Round 2, revenge game for this week and then next week". "All he did was dominate their defense".
A luxury hotel in Saudia Arabia that was used a prison during the country's corruption crackdown will reopen next month . Officials at Marriott International, which operates the Ritz-Carlton, declined to comment on the resumption of bookings.
Avoiding the anticipated matchup with the Steelers would seem like a break for the Patriots , whether they needed one or not. This is Solder's seventh season in the National Football League , and the days are drawing to a precious few.
And I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation. "I don't know if there will be a shutdown, there shouldn't be", he said. Trump has been accused of describing African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting with US senators last week.
He now has six seasons with at least 25 home runs and only once has finished a season with fewer than 20 since the 2007 season. Beyond center fielder Kevin Pillar , their other outfielders include Steve Pearce , Dalton Pompey and Teoscar Hernandez .
Munro was named man of the series after scores of 53 and 104 in the two completed Twenty20s and 66 in the washed-out second match. Guptill was circumspect by comparison to his team-mate, but still hit five fours and two maximums before he fell to Rayad Emrit.
The company reported $1.60 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $1.54 by $0.06. Gofen & Glossberg Limited Co Il holds 0.37% of its portfolio in Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) for 84,383 shares.
The ball bounced off Neal and into Torrey Smith's hands, who did his best Franco Harris impression to bring the ball to midfield. All the concern over Foles ended up being for nothing, partly because he played well and partly because of the play calling.
She said regardless of their trimester, the flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect them against flu. Even so, the CDC still recommends getting the flu shot , as there may still be three more months in the flu season.
Fournette battered Steelers defenders on every run, regardless of whether it was a three yard gain or a ten yard gain. The Jaguars responded immediately by going 75 yards in 11 plays, the final one a 4-yard sprint by T.J.
Here Is What Patricia De Lille Is Being Charged With
Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille will report for work as usual on Monday but with diminished responsibilities. Among those allegations is that Whitehead made a payment of around R44-million to Volvo for bus chassis.
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The third-ranked Cavaliers (16-1, 5-0 ACC ) lost to West Virginia on December 5 but have reeled off seven straight wins since. Auburn (16-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won its 14th straight game despite trailing by 13 points early in the second half.
Sooners move up to No. 4 in latest AP poll
TCU, losers of three out of four including both games last week - both on the road - remained in the poll at No. 24. The Sooners beat No. 8 Texas Tech on Tuesday before knocking off No. 16 TCU in overtime on Saturday.
Romania loses second Prime Minister in seven months
I take responsibility for my deeds and I do not regret anything in my actions [as premier]", he said, according to Reuters . Romania has lost its second prime minister within the previous year , as Mihai Tudose announced he would resign on Monday.
Steelers QB Roethlisberger plans to return next season
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown made his first appearance since December 17 when he injured his left calf against the Patriots . INSPIRING STEELER: Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier tried to rally the Steelers with a halftime visit to their locker room.
Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze
Doctors did advise the man not to pinch his nose closed for future sneezes, and they advise others to heed the same advice. Doctors are now warning people against the apparently innocent but extremely unsafe practice.
December trade deficit widens to $14.9 bn
Global gold prices have however surged in the last few weeks by Dollars 100 to Rs 1,343 per ounce on the London Stock Exchange. The December figure has again prompted exporters to air grievances about refunds in the goods and services tax (GST) regime.