Jun 16, 2016

    Sharapova appeals against two-year ban


    FIVE-TIME grand slam champion Maria Sharapova is seeking to have her two-year doping ban wiped out or reduced as she lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday.

    The 29-year-old Russian was banned by the International Tennis Federation earlier this month following a positive test for the banned drug meldonium during January's Australian Open.

    "Ms Sharapova submits that the period of ineligibility should be eliminated or, in the alternative, reduced," sport's highest tribunal said in a statement.

    The statement added that her case had been expedited and a ruling would be made by July 18 at the latest, which means Sharapova still harbours hopes of competing at the Rio Olympics in August, provided her ban is reduced to time already served.