Russian Tennis Sensation Maria Sharapova opened up about her ban due to failing the drug test. Moreover, Five-time Grand Slam Champion gave a detailed account of the time of her suspension.
In an interview with Movistar, Maria Sharapova talked about all her struggles and apprehensions during that time and how she overcame them.
“That morning (of March 7, 2016) I woke up and felt like I was preparing for a game. It is very hard to think that you have to face the world and say that you have screwed up everything,”, the Former World number one said.
“After the press conference, I deleted all social networks from my phone, to protect myself, keep sanity, and protect myself from opinions and judgments. I think I have never been concerned with what people think of me, but suddenly this happens and you see that you care what they know.” Sharapova added.
The five-time Grand Slam champion also talked about how her parents supported her through all of this and accompanied her for some weeks so she wasn’t alone.
“That Disgusted Me, It Was A Very Unpleasant Feeling”- Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova failed the 2016 Australian Open drug test. She tested positive for Meldonium as an anti-ischemic drug. Notably, Meldonium became a part of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s ban substances list in January 2016.
For this reason, the tennis star was handed a two-year suspension from the sport, which later on reduced to 15 months after concluding that she wasn’t an intentional doper.
Furthermore, The 33-year-old claimed that she used mildronate, which contains Meldonium for health purposes and not for performance enhancement. Especially, Maria Sharapova said she only realized what Meldonium was after receiving an email from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) informing her about drug violations.
Although it was a very difficult time for Sharapova, she got through it like a fighter and came back strong!