• Smiling Sharapova plays Las Vegas charity event

    Smiling Sharapova plays Las Vegas charity event

    Maria Sharapova set foot on a tennis court for the first time since her positive drug test at the Australian Open on Monday, smiling throughout an appearance in the World Team Tennis Smash Hits charity event in Las Vegas.

    The Russian star, who last week earned a reduction in her drug ban that will allow her to return to tennis in April, played in two light-hearted doubles matches in the event at Caesar’s Palace to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

    Sharapova […]

  • Sharapova’s ex-boyfriend says she deserved ban

    Sharapova’s ex-boyfriend says she deserved ban

    Maria Sharapova’s ex-boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday suggested she deserved her ban from tennis for a doping offence, an incident that has sent shockwaves through the sport.

    “I think tennis misses her,” the Bulgarian world number 20 said of the five-time Grand Slam champion, adding that he had “zero doubts” she would make a successful return.

    “As a competitor she’s just going to come back and she’s going to be so hungry to play and excited and motivated,” said Dimitrov, who dated […]

  • Sharapova’s doping ban cut to 15 months

    Sharapova’s doping ban cut to 15 months

    Maria Sharapova had her two-year tennis ban for doping reduced to 15 months by the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday.

    The 29-year-old Russian tested positive for the banned medication meldonium during January’s Australian Open, but the world’s top sports court cut the initial two-year ban by nine months.

    In its verdict the CAS “found that Ms Sharapova committed an anti-doping rule violation and that while it was with ‘no significant fault’, she bore some degree of fault, for […]

  • Serena Williams overtakes Maria Sharapova as highest-paid female athlete making $28.9m in 2016

    Serena Williams overtakes Maria Sharapova as highest-paid female athlete making $28.9m in 2016

    Forbes, on Monday, announced that Serena Williams has overtaken Maria Sharapova as the world’s highest-paid female athlete in the last one year, bringing in $28.9 million in prize money and endorsements over the year.

    The world No. 1 won three Grand Slams in 2015, reached the final of the year’s first two Slam events and added a major endorsement deal with Chase.

    Sharapova who has been the highest paid female athlete in the last 11 years despite not being as successful on […]