Sara Errani is back on the court for the first time in eight months.
And she’s not exactly easing in. The 31-year-old will open Italy’s Fed Cup tie against Switzerland against their No. 1, Belinda Bencic.
Errani served part of a doping suspension between August and October 2017, while appealing it.
The former No. 5’s ranking had dropped to No. 281 when she returned that October. She played furiously and was back at No. 72 when she had to stop for another eight months after appeals were denied.
(Update: Bencic won, 6-2, 7-5. But Errani looked surprisingly good).