The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), has reduced the two-year doping ban by nine months, for former world No.1 tennis player Maria Sharapova.
It was found that “Ms Sharapova committed an anti-doping rule violation and that while it was with ‘no significant fault’, she bore some degree of fault, for which a sanction of fifteen months is appropriate,” the Switzerland-based arbitration panel said in a statement.
The five-time grand slam winner Sharapova tested positive for the banned drug meldonium, during January’s Australian Open.
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Her ban took effect on January 26, 2016.
The Russian star, who has racked up 35 WTA titles and more than $36 Million in career earnings, has maintained she was unaware the drug had been added to the banned list.