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Maria Sharapova appeared today in The Today Show to talk about the reduction of her suspension.

Speaking out for the first time since her doping ban was reduced from two years to 15 months, tennis star Maria Sharapova says her initial penalty was unfair, labeling it “one of the toughest things” she’s ever had to face as a professional athlete.

“For an honest mistake, a two-year ban, I don’t think was correct,” Sharapova told Matt Lauer on TODAY Wednesday.

 

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Maria gave her first interview today to Charlie Rose, in there she talked about the ban, the ITF and her return to the courts in 2017. Check out the interview below:

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in favor of Maria Sharapova who presented an appeal after the ITF decided to ban her for two years. The court reduced her suspension to 15 months after determining that she acted with “no significant fault.” This mean Sharapova will be able to hit the courts again after April 26th, 2017 just in time for the second major of the year. Click here to read the full statement of facts

Maria Sharapova published a statement on her Facebook page

“I’ve gone from one of the toughest days of my career last March when I learned about my suspension to now, one of my happiest days, as I found out I can return to tennis in April.

In so many ways, I feel like something I love was taken away from me and it will feel really good to have it back. Tennis is my passion and I have missed it. I am counting the days until I can return to the court.

I have learned from this, and I hope the ITF has as well. CAS concluded that “the Panel has determined it does not agree with many of the conclusions of the [ITF] Tribunal.

I have taken responsibility from the very beginning for not knowing that the over-the-counter supplement I had been taking for the last ten years was no longer allowed. But I also learned how much better other Federations were at notifying their athletes of the rule change, especially in Eastern Europe where Mildronate is commonly taken by millions of people.

Now that this process is over, I hope the ITF and other relevant tennis anti-doping authorities will study what these other Federations did, so that no other tennis player will have to go through what I went through.
And to my fans, ( Hello SharaFamily!!), I thank you so much for living and breathing so many of these tough months together. During this time, I have learned the true meaning of a fan and I am so fortunate to have had your support.

I’m coming back soon and I can’t wait.”

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Yesterday, Maria Sharapova attended a party hosted by Harper’s Bazaar to celebrate ICONS by Carine Roitfeld. She wore an amazing dress by Victoria Beckham and she looked outstanding. Check out the photos in the gallery.

   

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Today, the ITF announced its verdict on Maria’s case. In March, Sharapova admitted on a press conference she had tested positive for Meldonium at the Australian Open. The hearing took place on May 18, and today it was announced Maria will receive a two-year ban, starting since January 2016.

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To read the full ITF document click HERE.

However, Maria Sharapova has released a statement in which she says she will appeal this decision immediately. 

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As we said before, Maria attended the 2016 MET Gala yesterday, in a custom Juan Carlos Obando dress. The first batch of pictures has been added to our gallery – stay tuned as more are to be added soon:

“I love the feel of a simple, beautiful, altered slip dress, and this felt like a new take on a classic,” Sharapova tells Vogue.com. “This was the very first dress I tried on, but it was black. We wanted it to be more vibrant, and [Obando’s] red palette really popped.” While some guests chose to top off their looks with bold, futuristic jewelry, Sharapova opted for a few of Obando’s sleek gold pieces. That’s the beauty of a slip dress—it doesn’t call for much accessorizing at all.

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Maria Sharapova Web has a brand new look.  The theme was made by Lilianne and Extras.Flaunt. The images that she used are from one of my favorite photoshoots of Maria from The Edit. Let us know if you find any broken link.

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Maria arrived at her first MET Gala wearing Juan Carlos Obando. Here’s a sneak peak, she looks absolutely breathtaking. Stay tune for more photos.

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It’s that time of the year again, Maria’s birthday is coming on April 19 and as fans of Maria we know the last month has been a hard one. This is why we want to make something special for her birthday this year and we would love if all Sharafamily could join the project.

This year we thought about making an online magazine for Maria. The magazine will be full of special messages for Maria and we can also share our favorites moments and photos of Maria. We want to remind her that no matter what we will always support her.

Here’s the information:

  1. Pick your favorite pictures of Maria and send it to SharapovaBirthday@gmail.com with a birthday message for Maria (feel free to include a picture of yourself)
  2. We will accept submissions until April 12. We know it’s short notice but we need those extra days to really create the magazine.
  3. The magazine will be online by the time of Maria’s birthday and we will share the link on our twitter accounts (@SharapovAce & @MSharapovaWeb)
  4. Just have fun and tell us why you love Maria. We do this for her.
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I made this post to write all the news  of Maria’s current situation. She has all my support and no matter what I will love her and support her. I’ll update this post as much as I can so you guys can see what’s going on in this case.

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