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London: Maria Sharapova accepts she will have a cloud of suspicion hanging over her when she returns to tennis next month.
The five-time Grand Slam champion is serving a 15-month doping ban after testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in 2016.
Sharapova’s suspension runs out on April 26. Asked if she expected the suspicion to linger for the rest of her career, Sharapova told Vogue: “If I was trying to hide something, I don’t think I would come out to the world and say I was taking a drug for 10 years. If I was trying to take the easy way out, that’s not a very smart thing to do. But the answer to your question is, absolutely.”