Russian Olympic Champion Elena Vesnina has today said that absence of Maria Sharapova at major tournaments has a negative impact on the world of tennis.
According to international web media, the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) today reduced to 15 months Sharapova’s two-year suspension, which came into effect on January 26th. Sharapova is now eligible to officially return to tennis courts starting April 26 next year.
Vesnina said, “We are badly missing Maria in the tournament race because she is a tennis player of a very high level, It would have been unfair to hand over a lengthy suspension term for such weak (performance enhancing) medication.”
Earlier, Sharapova filed an appeal with the CAS on June 9 against her two-year suspension, which was officially confirmed on June 8 by the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) tribunal over anti-doping violations.
The former World No.1 Sharapova had to miss the 2016 Rio Olympics in August, due to the ban.