Sharapova makes winning return in Stanford after leg injury

Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova played on the US soil for the first time in 15 months at a WTA event in Stanford, California, on Monday, beating her American opponent Jennifer Bradygave 6-1, 4-6, 6-0. Speaking at a post-match press conference, Sharapova said she «felt like it could have been a match when I should win in two sets but it didn't happen tonight and the great thing was that I... Еще came out stronger in the third.» Discussing the leg injury she suffered in May at the Italian Open, the current World No. 171 said she «was not ready to leave Europe at the time that I did and it was unfortunate to get injured at the end of that trip». Sharapova was suspended from playing for 15 months after failing a drug test at the Australian Open in 2016. She had been taking the drug 'Meldonium', which had been given to her by her family doctor for the past 10 years and was not on the banned substances list for that period. Meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances on Jan. 1, 2016. It is used medically to treat ischemia or a lack of blood flow.

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