The tennis superstar has returned to the court after a 15-month drug suspension and not everyone is happy about it. Sharapova’s face and the reaction of other journalists in the room told the story of just how awkward the situation was.Fellow players have shamed her and blasted tennis officials for facilitating her smooth passage back into the sport, and journalists have been asking prickly questions about her delicate situation. Fortunately, the WTA uploaded a video of the incident to its Facebook page for all to see.Serena Williams became her private and public cheerleader, even telling Vogue: “Let’s just put an end to this myth that women players cannot be friends. ” So it was awfully telling a couple weeks ago when almost no one in tennis came to Maria Sharapova’s defense in her time of need.On March 7, the Russian-born tennis champ stood before the press and admitted that she had failed a drug test, having tested positive for meldonium — a medication banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency since the beginning of 2016 that aids in blood flow and can give an edge when it comes to cardiovascular performance.
Her 35 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles—two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open—rank third among active players, behind Serena and Venus Williams.
Several tennis pundits and former players have called Sharapova one of tennis's best competitors, with John Mc Enroe calling her one of the best the sport has ever seen.
Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
But it was something else that stumped Sharapova during a press conference after her first-round win over Christina Mc Hale at the Italian Open in Rome. Sharapova’s most notable boyfriends have been Knicks guard Sasha Vujacic and fellow tennis pro Grigor Dimitrov.
Bizarrely, the topic of conversation between her and a male reporter drifted towards her love life — or lack thereof. The five-time grand slam winner took advantage of another wildcard and overcame a shaky opening set to defeat the 58th-ranked Mc Hale 6-4 6-2 on Monday.