Banned Sharapova back in action soon
Tennis star Maria Sharapova said yesterday that she refused to feel sorry for herself during her doping ban, occupying her time by studying at Harvard, writing a book and learning how to box.
"I tried boxing because I needed to keep myself in form," Sharapova, 29, said on a Russian chat show.
"It was great because I could imagine [sparring with] some people I wanted to hit," she said without identifying them.
Sharapova was banned from the sport after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.
She will return to action at the Stuttgart clay court tournament on April 26.
Her two-year ban has been reduced to 15 months.
Her reappearance will be seven days after her 30th birthday.
"I had almost 12 months to think, to read books. I had a vacation in Croatia and celebrated the New Year in Hawaii.
"I've never been in London as a tourist. I saw almost nothing there while playing at Wimbledon."
Sharapova, who studied at Harvard Business School to help expand her sweets business, said she had written a book about her life.