Sharapova says she will fight to return to the tennis court as soon as possible.
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Russian superstar Maria Sharapova was Wednesday handed a two-year doping ban but insisted she will appeal the suspension which could effectively end one of sport's most celebrated careers.Sharapova, 29, tested positive for the controversial banned medication Meldonium during January's Australian Open.Sharapova blasted the ban as "unfairly harsh" in a statement on her Facebook page.Sharapova, a former world No. 1 whose ranking has slumped to 26, has won 35 career titles including five Grand Slams – the Australian Open (2008), French Open (2012, 2014), Wimbledon (2004) and U.S. Open (2006).Despite the two-year suspension, Sharapova vowed to keep fighting.Russia's former tennis great Yevgeny Kafelnikov said he considered Sharapova's two-year ban to be fair.Russia's Fed Cup skipper Anastasia Myskina said that Sharapova's ban was bad news for all the country's tennis lovers as well as the team as it will rule her out of the Olympics.Russian tennis federation chief Shamil Tarpishchev meanwhile said that Ekaterina Makarova will likely replace Sharapova in the country's squad at the Rio Olympics.
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