MARIA’S DOP­ING BAN RE­DUCED TO 15 MONTHS

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Maria Shara­pova could re­turn at the 2017 French Open af­ter see­ing her twoyear dop­ing ban re­duced to 15 months on ap­peal. The Rus­sian was banned by the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion af­ter the five-time Grand Slam cham­pion tested pos­i­tive for the then re­cently banned drug mel­do­nium. Shara­pova had tested pos­i­tive af­ter los­ing to Ser­ena Wil­liams in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the Aus­tralian Open on Jan­uary 26, 2016. The re­duc­tion of the ban means that she will be able to re­turn to ten­nis at the end of April 2017, just in time for the French Open, the last ma­jor ti­tle she won, back in 2014.

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