Maria Sharapova’s doping ban cut to 15 months
4 October 2016 – The highest court in sports has cut Maria Sharapova’s two-year doping ban to 15 months.
Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion and former No 1-ranked player, tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January and received a two-year ban from the International Tennis Federation.
She appealed to CAS in June. The arbitration panel says she “bore some degree of fault” for the positive test “for which a sanction of 15 months is appropriate”.
Her ban took effect on January 26.