Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova has been suspended for two years following a positive test for the banned drug meldonium. Sharapova has replied that the punishment was "unfairly harsh," and is appealing the International Tennis Foundation's decision.
The ITF announced that the suspension would be backdated to Jan. 26, which invalidates Sharapova's quarterfinals performance in January's Australian Open. It was at that event where Sharapova's test turned up positive. The ITF indicated that her suspension had been backdated because of Sharapova's "prompt admission" of guilt.
Sharapova pleaded her case before a tribunal in May, and after the ITF announced the suspension, took to her Facebook page to present her side to the public. "The ITF spent tremendous amounts of time and resources trying to prove I intentionally violated the anti-doping rules and the tribunal concluded I did not," Sharapova wrote. "You need to know that the ITF asked theRead More »from Maria Sharapova will appeal two-year suspension