Sharapova feels vindicated and empowered after doping ban

Sharapova to appeal two-year doping ban

Sharapova feels vindicated and empowered after doping ban Tennis star Maria Sharapova said on Tuesday she is excited about her return to competition next month, feeling vindicated by the reduction of her doping suspension and empowered by her time away. Russia’s former world number one was initially barred for two years after testing positive at the 2016 Australian Open for meldonium, a medication she had been taking for 10 years within the rules, but that was reclassified as a banned drug. Sharapova vigorously fought to overturn the ban, saying she…

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