The rise and fall of Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova became one of the most marketable names in female sport, but her career is a testament to will and artifice rather than natural talent

12th June, 2016
Maria Sharapova of Russia serves in her fourth round match against Belinda Bencic of Switerland during day seven of the 2016 Australian OpenGetty

The fall and public humiliation of Maria Sharapova is now largely complete following last Wednesday’s devastating decision of the independent tribunal appointed by the International Tennis Federation.

As is well known, Sharapova failed a drugs test taken at January’s Australian Open which found Meldonium (Mildronate) in her urine sample. She admitted it publicly at a press conference in March. The tribunal accepted that she was unaware that Meldonium had been added to the...

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