Yesterday, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) came up with the rulingregarding Sharapova`s antidoping test. The verdict, in this case, produced some waves: Maria Sharapova will be suspended for the next two years.The suspension period has been calculated and backdated from January 2016. So, if the ruling remains the same after the appeal, Sharapova will not be allowed to compete earlier than January 2018. By that time, Maria will be over 30-years-old and the chances for her to put up some serious tennis are going to be diminished.

How the things started.

Earlier this year, on March 7, Sharapova stated during a press conference held in Los Angeles that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open.

She was informed by ITF and WADA that her test came back positive for Meldonium. This substance was put on the prohibited substances list with effect from 1st January 2016. According to Sharapova's statements at that time, she hadused Meldonium for years. In her case, the issue regarding the residual substances was thrown into debate:If she used Meldonium before 1 January, and the drug was not removed completely from her system before the test date, is she still guilty?

ITF went for maximum ban period.

By asking a four-year ban (the maximum penalty according to the regulations), ITF showed no mercy or clemency. And this attitude fits the context - besides doping, tennis was also rocked by scandals about some matches being fixed.

One thing is for sure, where there is lots of money involved in sports such as tennis,the odds for misconduct to occur persists. Eventually, ITF`s proposal was cut in half and Maria Sharapova got a two-year ban.

Sharapova`s reaction was almost instantaneous.

According to ESPN, Sharapova reacted in a blink of an eye on her social media accounts.

Her disappointmentwas obvious. The 29-year-old tennis icon will attack the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. She further stated that her career isn`t over yet. Except for Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova is the only still active player on the WTA who won all the Grand Slam tournaments.

Also, in the past decade, she was the most prominent figure of women`s tennis worldwide.

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