I've got my day job back - Sharapova buoyed by imminent return

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Maria Sharapova believes she succeeded in a fight against injustice when he managed to get her doping ban reduced to 15 months.

The five-time grand slam victor is excited to get back on the court.

On appeal, CAS found she was not an "intentional doper" and reduced her suspension.

Meldonium was only added to the World Anti-Doping Agency list of banned substances at the start of 2016 after mounting evidence that it boosted blood flow and enhanced performance. "And you want to end on your voice, your terms". "I fought so hard for the truth", she added.

Still, she admitted she misses the thrill of the game and is excited to get back at it: "You don't realize how much you love something and how much something means to you until you lose it".

Nevertheless, Sharapova is a former world number one and a five-time Grand Slam victor and therefore will hope to add to that count as soon as possible.

The creator of Sugarpova candies took classes at Harvard Business School and spent time shadowing National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver, at Nike headquarters and as an intern at an advertising agency. "That's one", Wozniacki said of Sharapova at the BNP Paribas Open. I'm at a stage where you're closer to the end than the beginning. Tuesday was a rare day off, thanks to her trip from her beachside home near Los Angeles to the desert.

"I learned that life can be OK without tennis", said Sharapova, who also just finished an autobiography scheduled to be published in September. It's really different to face someone on the other side of the net. "To be in a moment when you feel and you felt that it could've ended on someone else's voice and someone else's terms, was very hard to accept".

Sharapova, who turns 30 on April 19, kept herself busy during her tennis absence.

The 29-year-old Russian will return at next month's Porsche Grand Prix, courtesy of a wildcard entry.

Yet Sharapova is eager to get back on the court. The question will receive even more scrutiny when the French Open and possibly Wimbledon must decide whether to give a free pass to Sharapova, a former champion of both events.

Launching her comeback in Stuttgart makes sense for several reasons. She has acknowledged having few friends in the WTA locker room, preferring to keep her friendships outside tennis. "I don't think there is much I can control [when it comes to detractors]".

  • Joanne Flowers