Russian tennis champion Maria Sharapova is lastly in a position to smile for the cameras of Web-a-porter’s digital journal The Edit following the drug scandal that put her profession on maintain final yr.
Sharapova has confronted her demons, writing about her emotions surrounding the ban for the anti-ischemic drug meldonium, which solely turned a prohibited substance in January 2016, the identical month the highest-incomes sportswoman examined optimistic.
"I felt so small,” Sharapova, 30, says in the article. “For a lady who’s tall and highly effective – an athlete – it was a really distant feeling."
"I confronted so many days the place I questioned folks round me and what they thought; I’d by no means executed that earlier than. Throughout the first 4 or 5 months [of the suspension], it was actually onerous for me to place phrases onto paper, or need any of the reminiscences."
Coat by Maison Margiela; sweater by Joseph; skirt by Ellery; boots all through by Gianvito Ross. Picture: Courtesy of The Edit
Now the blonde bombshell, who works with Avon and Nike, is returning to centre court docket for the US Open. When Sharapova first stepped back into an enviornment it was like coming residence.
"I awoke that morning feeling like, ‘It’s present time.’ This is my time; I wish to be right here. I walked into the sector like I deserved to be there. I felt like I did."
Jacket, sweater and skirt by Joseph; earrings by Sophie Buhai. Picture: Courtesy of The Edit
Whereas Serena Williams is undoubtedly the extra profitable participant, Sharapova’s sponsorships have made her richer and in addition created a rivalry between the 2 highly effective ladies. With a pregnant Williams taking a break from tennis, Sharapova can bury the hatchet.
"Folks have talked about our relationship a lot; we’re at all times placed on these lists of who’s extra marketable and who makes extra money," Sharapova says. “Regardless that we’ve had our battles on and off the court docket, I imagine each of us have an incredible quantity of respect for one another."
Jacket, sweater and skirt by Joseph; earrings by Sophie Buh. Picture: Courtesy of The Edit
Within the shoot by Jan Welters, Sharapova put on’s relaxed luxe items from Altuzarra, Tom Ford, Prada, Max Mara and Victoria Beckham.
Sharapova’s ebook Unstoppable, My Story So Far is launched on September 12.