Maria Sharapova ended her match against Rebecca Peterson at around AM Melbourne time.The Russian player won in straight sets, 6-2 6-1, and in a press conference she was asked what's her bedtime. Asked if a win against Wozniacki could be an extra boost for her, Sharapova added: "It's tough to tell because, I mean, if I'm looking at the past season, I only played 11 tournaments. What I need, I need to be able to set myself up for the next round, and the next round is against Wozniacki." Sharapova also added: "I think there are certain things I want to improve.The disclosure sent shockwaves through the international tennis community, as Sharapova was placed on provisional suspension (reports say her cooperation could shorten her suspension to months instead of years).
But what stunned me in the interview is that she said she finally had a social life, which included drinking more alcohol than ever before and dating two guys at the same time!
It was a devastating blow, especially considering that Sharapova, 28, said she had been taking the drug for 10 years for a magnesium deficiency but neglected to notice it had been added to the banned list this year.
And Dick Pound, former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said that there had been a “fairly high prevalence of [meldonium] use in tennis.” But if there was any sympathy from Sharapova’s fellow pros, it wasn’t to be found in print.
Wozniacki sniffed, “As athletes, we always make sure there’s nothing in it that could put us in a bad situation.” Petra Kvitová seconded that opinion, telling the Desert Sun newspaper, “We should all know what we are putting into our body.” Said Victoria Azarenka, “A lot of players are upset and disappointed.” Sharapova’s longtime rival, Williams, gave the closest thing to a pat on the back, saying, “[It] showed a lot of courage to admit to what she had done and what she had neglected to look at.” But perhaps the most damning commentary came from the woman long known as tennis’ sweetheart — 18-time Grand Slam champ and ESPN analyst Chris Evert.
“It’s hard to tell [the reaction from players] because Maria Sharapova has always isolated herself from the rest of the tennis world, from the players.