I made a huge mistake. The season began at the Australian Open. As far as she was concerned, the Williams sisters just stood in the way of her ambition. It was a devastating blow, especially considering that Sharapova, 28, said she had been taking the drug for 10 years for a magnesium deficiency but neglected to notice it had been added to the banned list this year. Serena Williams became her private and public cheerleader, even telling Vogue: Was she pissed off with herself?
How did no one notify me?
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He looks me up and down with thinly disguised contempt, and asks if I can move away from the entrance. As you might expect of somebody who likes a lot going on, Sharapova has not wasted her time away from the court. Who had ever heard of that? On March 7, the Russian-born tennis champ stood before the press and admitted that she had failed a drug testhaving tested positive for meldonium — a medication banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency since the beginning of that aids in blood flow and can give an edge when it comes to cardiovascular performance. I had told no one but my parents, my coach and my agent, Max. The two players went on to have one of the great rivalries in tennis — not so much on court Serena has dominated, winning 19 out of 21 matchesbut off. She briefly found another coach but a few years later, when she was nine, Bollettieri invited her back on a scholarship.