Tennis star Serena Williams has praised Maria Sharapova for taking responsibility, after she was found positive for a banned substance at January’s Australian Open.
Sharapova who has won five grand slams revealed she tested positive for Meldonium, the day she lost to Williams in the quarterfinals, after the drug was prohibited since January 1.
Williams said she was ‘surprised and shocked’ when she heard about the news, but said the Russian tennis star ‘showed a lot of courage’.
‘I think most people were happy she was upfront and very honest,’ Williams said during a news conference Tuesday to promote an exhibition at Madison Square Garden against her good friend Caroline Wozniacki.
Williams lauded Sharapova, 28, for owning the fact that she had neglected to look at the list of banned substances at the end of the year.
‘It’s just taking responsibility, which she admitted that she was willing and ready to do,’ said the 21-time Grand Slam champion. ‘Just hope for the best for everybody in that situation.’
‘I think she’s always shown courage and heart in everything she’s done, and this is no different.’