Tennis: Maria Sharapova Makes Her First Grand Slam Appearance

Former world No 1 Maria Sharapova makes her first Grand Slam appearance next week since serving a 15-month doping suspension, bringing renewed passion and resolve to the US Open.

The 30-year-old Russian was given a wildcard into the tournament by the US Tennis Association , a move critics complained about earlier in the season but another key step in the road back for the five-time Grand Slam winner.

Sharapova was issued a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart and blood boosting drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal.

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