Maria Sharapova to return next month for World Team Tennis matches

Maria Sharapova will return next month to the courts for two World Team Tennis matches. The five-time Grand Slam champion announced on Thursday that she plans to play for the Orange County Breakers on July 16 and July 24. She has played for the Breakers for seven years. Sharapova returned to the WTA Tour in April after serving a 15-month doping ban. However, she was not granted a...
Via Excelle Sports
4 hours ago

Sharapova to return in July for World Team Tennis matches

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Maria Sharapova will return to competitive tennis in July for two World Team Tennis matches. Sharapova recently returned to the WTA Tour after a 15-month doping ban. She is skipping Wimbledon because of an injured left thigh that prevented her from competing in qualifiers. Sharapova plans to play for the Orange County Breakers — a team she has played...
20 hours ago

Caroline Wozniacki rejects ‘useless’ apology from Maria Sharapova’s agent

Caroline Wozniacki has rejected an apology offered by Max Eisenbud, the agent for Maria Sharapova.Many players have been critical of Sharapova’s return to the tour following a one-year ban for using Meldonium. Wozniacki was among those who were critical, as she said giving Sharapova a wildcard was “disrespectful” to other players (full story here).In response, Eisenbud ripped...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN3 to carry Wimbledon qualifying just in time for Maria Sharapova

As Maria Sharapova continues her comeback after a 15-month doping ban, she’ll be attempting to quplift for Wimbledon next month. And ESPN has announced that it will stream the qualifying tournament in June on ESPN3 through the WatchESPN app with all-day coverage. It begins on Monday, June 26 and lasts through Thursday, June 29. Depending on breaking news and how far Sharapova...
Via Awful Announcing
May 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Sharapova denied wild card for French Open

Maria Sharapova will not be participating in the French Open later this month, as the former world No. 1 has been denied a wild card berth to the event.Sharapova did not play well enough in her three tournaments since returning from suspension to quality for the French Open, so she would have needed a free pass. FFT president Bernard Giudicelli Ferrandini announced on Facebook Tuesday...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Genie Bouchard: Many players are rooting against Maria Sharapova

Genie Bouchard says she received more support from her fellow players before her match against Maria Sharapova on Monday than she ever has throughout her career, and it’s obvious that had everything to do with the level of disdain toward her opponent.After she defeated Sharapova at the Mutua Madrid Open, Bouchard revealed that she drew added motivation from all the tennis players...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 09, 2017  |  Discuss

Genie Bouchard: Maria Sharapova is ‘cheater,’ should be banned for life

Genie Bouchard has drawn a big line in the sand, and she has placed Maria Sharapova on the opposite side.Sharapova is returning to women’s tennis following a suspension for her use of the banned substance, Meldonium. She has been met with mixed opinions as she returns to tour, with many being critical of her for using a performance-enhancing substance. Sharapova has pleaded ignorance...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova’s suspension reduced to 15 months

Maria Sharapova’s suspension has been significantly cut down. The former world No. 1’s suspension was cut from a two-year ban to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, reports Sharapova received the ban in January after testing positive for the banned substance Meldonium. Sharapova claimed the substance came from a prescribed prescription of Mildronate tablets...
Via The Comeback
October 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova responds to two-year doping ban

Shocking news broke Wednesday when the ITF tribunal condemned tennis pro Maria Sharapova to a two-year suspension for doping. Interestingly enough, the tribunal concluded that Sharapova did not intentionally use the drug meldonium, which makes one wonder how they came to conclude a two-year ban was necessary. Indeed, Sharapova wonders the same thing. In a lengthy Facebook post...
Via Sportsnaut
June 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova was reportedly warned five times about meldonium ban

Maria Sharapova’s explanation for failing a WTA drug test seemed a little weird from the start. Sharapova said she had tested positive for meldonium because she had neglected an email telling her the drug would be banned in 2016. But you would sort of think someone in Sharapova’s inner circle who knew she regularly took meldonium would have heard about the ban and made sure...
Via The Comeback
March 09, 2016  |  Discuss

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