Only after the Australian Open in 2018 allowed Maria Sharapova again take part in tournaments on the WTA Tour. This decision precipitated yesterday the tennis world federation ITF, which blocked the Russian retroactively for two years for doping with the prohibited substance Meldonium . This "disproportionately harsh" verdict will not accept and before Sharapova pull Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS . "I will fight to return as soon as possible on the tennis court," the 29-year-old wrote on Facebook.
Davenport: "The lock is fair"
Chris Evert, former world number one and ESPN commentator, however, does not believe in a comeback of the five-time Grand Slam winner. "I do not think that they can handle a two-year ban. I would be very surprised if she returns and do not really mind, "said the 61-year-old American in a telephone interview with" USA Today Sports ". The 18-fold "Major" -Siegerin justified her suspicions with the large power density in the ladies' tour: "The players are getting better, the training and the effort will be harder. She has for 15 years professional tennis into the bone. "
Also Everts compatriot Lindsay Davenport can not imagine that Sharapova returns again in the tennis circuit, it should remain in the period of two years view. The former world number First celebrated on Wednesday its 40th birthday and found on their special day even the time to comment in an e-mail to the fall Sharapova. Basically, the lock was fair, since professional players also need to be aware of what they are taking drug and above book should lead, underlined Davenport and showed their incomprehension: "The fact that they stop taking (the substance Meldonium; Note) has never been documented , although it was in 2015 and 2016 repeatedly tested it positively affects very distressing. "
Evert: "The thing they will always pursue"
The reputation of Russian was anyway damaged forever, even if Sharapova returns again, to Evert is certain: "This thing will always pursue. Maria is always announced in the future, 'Here is the five-time Grand Slam winner who tested positive'. That's kind of a shame, but you can not change. "However, do not want to join all ex-players in the swan song. The former number one doubles, Pam Shriver, is Everts colleague at the US network ESPN and can imagine a long career Autumn Sharapovas. "It depends on how she keeps in shape in the half-year ban. Today you can to 35 (years) great tennis Major ", the 21-times said" "-Siegerin double that also by phone of" was interviewed USA Today ".