MOSCOW, Russia - Maria Sharapova will play her home WTA event for the first time in a decade next week.
The tournament organizers of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow announced on Friday that the five-time Grand Slam champion has accepted a wildcard to the Premier event.
Having only played the event three times in her career, Sharapova has not competed at the Kremlin Cup since 2007. She was twice a quarterfinalist at the event in 2005 and 2006.
In her last appearance, Sharapova was defeated in her opening match by a then-upstart, Victoria Azarenka, in straight sets.
Sharapova is into the semifinals in her debut appearance at the Tianjin Open this week, also as a wildcard, and will face Peng Shuai on Saturday.
Sharapova is not the only Russian returning to Moscow, as compatriots Alisa Kleybanova and Margarita Gasparyan return to WTA-level action.
After beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma and a series of knee and foot injuries, the former World No.20 is embarking on her latest comeback effort.
The 23-year-old Gasparyan, who reached a career-high of World No.41 last February, returns to action after more than a year on the sidelines following a series of knee surgeries.