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Towering achievement:Maria Sharapova shows off the trophy after her second win at the French Open in Paris

Towering achievement:Maria Sharapova shows off the trophy after her second win at the French Open in Paris

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Maria Sharapova is looking to win another Grand Slam

Maria Sharapova is looking to win another Grand Slam

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Huge error: Maria Sharapova, who could be banned for two years, announces that she didn't realise Meldonium is prohibited

Huge error: Maria Sharapova, who could be banned for two years, announces that she didn't realise Meldonium is prohibited

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Maria Sharapova says she accepts that she has failed a drugs test

Maria Sharapova says she accepts that she has failed a drugs test

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Maria Sharapova of Russia serves in her third round match against Lauren Davis

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves in her third round match against Lauren Davis

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Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

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Short shrift: Maria Sharapova ignored grunting question

Short shrift: Maria Sharapova ignored grunting question

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Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

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Under fire: Maria Sharapova beat Coco Vandeweghe in three sets but was accused of moving during her rival's serve

Under fire: Maria Sharapova beat Coco Vandeweghe in three sets but was accused of moving during her rival's serve

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Tough test: Maria Sharapova celebrates win over Zarina Diyas

Tough test: Maria Sharapova celebrates win over Zarina Diyas

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Maria Sharapova ruled out a future coaching career

Maria Sharapova ruled out a future coaching career

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Point taken: Maria Sharapova on her way to victory

Point taken: Maria Sharapova on her way to victory

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Johanna Konta in action against Maria Sharapova during day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 29, 2015.  See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Johanna Konta in action against Maria Sharapova during day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 29, 2015. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Maria Sharapova in action against Johanna Konta during the First round women's singles during day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 29, 2015.  See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Maria Sharapova in action against Johanna Konta during the First round women's singles during day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 29, 2015. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Russia's Maria Sharapova reacts after winning her women's singles first round match against Britain's Johanna Kontaduring on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015.  Sharapova won 6-2, 6-2.  RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  --   AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

Russia's Maria Sharapova reacts after winning her women's singles first round match against Britain's Johanna Kontaduring on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015. Sharapova won 6-2, 6-2. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

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Russia's Maria Sharapova (L) shakes hands with Britain's Johanna Konta after winning their women's singles first round match on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015.  Sharapova won 6-2, 6-2.  RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  --   AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

Russia's Maria Sharapova (L) shakes hands with Britain's Johanna Konta after winning their women's singles first round match on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015. Sharapova won 6-2, 6-2. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

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Britain's Johanna Konta serves to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their women's singles first round match on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015.   RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  --   AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

Britain's Johanna Konta serves to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their women's singles first round match on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Johanna Konta of Great Britain serves in her Ladiess Singles first round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Johanna Konta of Great Britain serves in her Ladiess Singles first round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a forehand in her Ladiess Singles first round match against Johanna Konta of Great Britain during day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a forehand in her Ladiess Singles first round match against Johanna Konta of Great Britain during day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Maria Sharapova serves in her Ladies Singles first round match against Johanna Konta   (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova serves in her Ladies Singles first round match against Johanna Konta (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Russia's Maria Sharapova serves to Britain's Johanna Konta during their women's singles first round match on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015.   RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  --   AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

Russia's Maria Sharapova serves to Britain's Johanna Konta during their women's singles first round match on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

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Russia's Maria Sharapova returns to Britain's Johanna Konta during their women's singles first round match on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015. Sharapova won 6-2, 6-2.  RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  --   AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

Russia's Maria Sharapova returns to Britain's Johanna Konta during their women's singles first round match on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015. Sharapova won 6-2, 6-2. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

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Maria Sharapova in action Johanna Konta during day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 29, 2015.  See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Maria Sharapova in action Johanna Konta during day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 29, 2015. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Maria Sharapova of Russia serves in her Ladies Singles first round match against Johanna Konta of Great Britain during day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves in her Ladies Singles first round match against Johanna Konta of Great Britain during day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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On song: Jo Konta is ready to face Maria Sharapova

On song: Jo Konta is ready to face Maria Sharapova

Making a racket: Maria Sharapova returns a shot in her Wimbledon build-up

Making a racket: Maria Sharapova returns a shot in her Wimbledon build-up

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Maria Sharapova has reached three consecutive finals at Roland Garros

Maria Sharapova has reached three consecutive finals at Roland Garros

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Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

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Maria Sharapova defeated seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-2 in 78 minutes

Maria Sharapova defeated seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-2 in 78 minutes

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Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning against Caria Suarez Navarro of the Spain during day five of the China Open at the China National Tennis Center on October 1, 2014 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning against Caria Suarez Navarro of the Spain during day five of the China Open at the China National Tennis Center on October 1, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)

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Going home: Reality begins to sink in for Maria Sharapova after the Russian was well beaten by Angelique Kerber

Going home: Reality begins to sink in for Maria Sharapova after the Russian was well beaten by Angelique Kerber

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Major run: Maria Sharapova is hoping to add Wimbledon to the French Open title she won last month

Major run: Maria Sharapova is hoping to add Wimbledon to the French Open title she won last month

HSBC is the main sponsor of Wimbledon, where Maria Sharapova plays her first match today

HSBC is the main sponsor of Wimbledon, where Maria Sharapova plays her first match today

Maria Sharapova is picked up by racing driver Mark Webber  and driven to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) pre-Wimbledon party

Maria Sharapova is picked up by racing driver Mark Webber and driven to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) pre-Wimbledon party

Maria Sharapova is picked up by racing driver Mark Webber and driven to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party

Maria Sharapova is picked up by racing driver Mark Webber and driven to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party

Open race: Maria Sharapova celebrates winning her women's singles semi-final match against Eugenie Bouchard at the French Open

Open race: Maria Sharapova celebrates winning her women's singles semi-final match against Eugenie Bouchard at the French Open

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Sealed with a kiss: Maria Sharapova celebrates her win yesterday

Sealed with a kiss: Maria Sharapova celebrates her win yesterday

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Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during her women's singles match against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria on day four of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during her women's singles match against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria on day four of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a backhand during the final against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia on day seven of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 2014 at Porsche-Arena on April 27, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a backhand during the final against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia on day seven of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 2014 at Porsche-Arena on April 27, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates victory in the final against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia on day seven of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 2014 at Porsche-Arena on April 27, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates victory in the final against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia on day seven of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 2014 at Porsche-Arena on April 27, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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Towering achievement:Maria Sharapova shows off the trophy after her second win at the French Open in Paris

Maria Sharapova has thanked fans for their "love and compassion" following her drugs test failure.

The Russian tennis player stunned the sporting world by announcing she had failed a test during January's Australian Open for the banned substance Meldonium, a drug which she said she had taken on medical advice for 10 years.

Sharapova accepted full responsibility for failing to read a notice sent to her in December by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which added the drug to its banned list this year because of fears that it was being used to enhance performances.

Following her announcement Nike, Tag Heuer and Porsche terminated their sponsorship with the athlete while the investigation is underway.

However tennis racquet manufacturer Head have announced they will extend their sponsorship deal with the star.

Posting on her Facebook page Maria said:

"I woke up yesterday morning with an inbox, in full capacity of love and compassion.

I woke up yesterday morning with an inbox, in full capacity of love and compassion. The first email I immediately...

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"The first email I immediately opened was from my best friend, you know, the type of person who can make you smile and cry with only one word and who I spent the evening on the phone with, checking up on me, how was I doing?

"On average, I love the mornings. New day, new start. It is fair to say that this day was not average. Nothing came to mind at 6am, except that I am determined to play tennis again and I hope I will have the chance to do so. I wish I didn't have to go through this, but I do - and I will.

"I needed to sweat, to push through and grind as I have done most of my life, so I made my way to the gym. That's when I realized a bunch of tinted windowed cars were following me. The good old paparazzi, back on the trail.

"I have not been online much except the odd search for a new antique coffee table (random, I know), but my friends made a collage for me with all your beautiful messages and hashtags that you created (‪#‎IStandWithMaria‬ and ‪#‎LetMariaPlay‬). I spent the afternoon reading them next to my dog, who couldn't quite understand why this was more important than the walk he was expecting to take.

"In this moment, I am so proud to call you my fans. Within hours of my announcement, you showed me support and loyalty, which I could only expect to hear when someone would be at the top of their profession.

"I wanted to let you know that your wonderful words put a smile on my face. I'd like to play again and hope to have the chance to do so. Your messages give me great encouragement. This message isn't anything else but to say thank you. Thank you very much."


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