Maria Sharapova: Five-time Grand Slam champion 'has day job back' after ban

March 29, 2017
Source: BBC
Maria Sharapova: Five-time Grand Slam champion 'has day job back' after ban

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova says she has got her "day job back" as she prepares to return to tennis after a 15-month ban.

Sharapova was banned for two years last June after testing positive for meldonium, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) reduced the suspension.

The 29-year-old Russian will return at next month's Porsche Grand Prix, courtesy of a wildcard entry.

"Will it be difficult? Absolutely," said the former world number one.

"In tennis you lose a lot of hand-eye co-ordination. Practice is never the same as matchplay, to face someone on the other side of the net."