Tennis Maria Sharapova reveals comeback plans

Following the reduction of her doping ban, Maria Sharapova is plotting her return to competitive action.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Maria Sharapova has outlined her comeback plans as she looks to hit the ground running when her shortened doping ban expires in April.

The former world number one had her suspension for the use of banned substance meldonium reduced by the Court of Arbitration for sport last week, having tested positive at the Australian Open in January.

Sharapova will be eligible to return to the WTA Tour in Rabat or Prague in the first week of May, but says she will compete in exhibitions to build match fitness.

"I will look to play maybe a couple of exhibition events leading up to my first tournament in April," she said. 

"I don't know what those will be but I think that's one of the things that will be really important because, with matchplay, you can never really replicate it. You can practice as much as you want but there's nothing really like it.

"I won't be playing too many but I think a few next year will really help me."

Sharapova was speaking after making her on-court return in a team exhibition hosted by Elton John and Billie Jean King in Las Vegas.

"It's very special to be back on the court," she added. "It's been about seven months since I've played in front of spectators and played in a stadium environment."

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Anthony Joshua World heavyweight champion taunts heavyweight rivals on...bullet
2 Educated Footballers 6 football players with Master’s Degreesbullet
3 Maria Sharapova Tennis star named in India luxury housing fraud probebullet
4 The long wait Interesting facts about Ghana's infamous AFCON...bullet
5 Racing 92 Rally to sink Toulon, Stade edge Oyonnaxbullet
6 NBA Curry scores 39 to power Durant-less Warriors over Netsbullet
7 ATP Finals Dimitrov beats Goffin to win tournamentbullet
8 Rafael Nadal Spanish tennis star wins doping defamation...bullet
9 NBA Golden State's Lee retires after 12 seasonsbullet
10 Maria Sharapova Returning Russian star shrugs off...bullet

Top Videos

1 Vox Pop Ghanaian fans reaction on Razak Brimah's sagabullet

More Sports