After having her ban reduced by nine months by the CAS, Maria Sharapova believes the ITF planned to make an example out of her.
“I don’t want to think that,” Sharapova said during an interview with ESPN. “I hate to think that. It’s not a great feeling to even consider that.
The tennis star also believes WADA also targeted her to serve as examples to other athletes.
“It’s hard not to when the Tennis Federation asks for me to be banned for four years.”
“I think what it has certainly done is brought awareness that there are flaws in the system,” Sharapova said.