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Sharapova: I was complacent

Teamtalk logo Teamtalk 14/04/2017

© Provided by Teamtalk Maria Sharapova admitted that she had become complacent about drug testing after years of testing negative for banned substances.

The Russian superstar was banned for 15 months after she tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

Sharapova had been using the substance for nearly a decade for heart issues, but meldonium was added to the banned substances list on 1 January 2016 and she missed the notice.

"Ultimately the fault was mine," the five-time grand slam winner told The Times.

"I had been getting clearance on everything I was taking for seven years and I became complacent."

While admitting fault, Sharapova believes someone from the International Tennis Federation could have informed her of the substance being reclassified as a banned drug.

"Why didn't someone come up to me and have a private conversation, just an official to an athlete, which would have taken care of the confidentiality problem they talked about later?"

Sharapova makes her return to tennis at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on 26 April thanks to a wild card entry.

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