Maria Sharapova in Harvard: From banned substance to a woman of substance

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Winners always find a way to win despite the odds stacked against them. Maria Sharapova first became the world’s number one tennis player when she was eighteen years old. She has recaptured that spot five times in her career, which has spanned from 2001 up to present, in spite of being highly prone to injuries.

Sharapova has had recurring shoulder injuries, forearm and hip injuries. She’s undergone surgeries, rehabilitation, and struggled visibly in some tournaments. But all throughout her career, she has always found a way to overcome these challenges. The Russian tennis star has won at least one singles title from 2003 to 2015.

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Former tennis great, John McEnroe once referred to Maria Sharapova as one of the best competitors the sport of tennis has ever seen.

Sharapova has been suspended from tennis for failing a drug test last March 7th. She admitted to using the substance Meldonium but says this was just an oversight, and that she had taken it for health purposes. She took responsibility for it and appealed to the Int’l.

Tennis Federation but received a 2-year ban last June.

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At 29, a 2-year ban hurts her career more than if she were much younger. Her world ranking would drop sharply, and by then she could not afford to sustain another injury if she wants to find her way on top of the game again.

Things were not looking so bright until she announced on Twitter and Facebook that she is headed to Harvard Business School. She will be taking two classes on campus to start her program.

Sharapova tweets, “Not sure how this happened, but Hey Harvard! Can’t wait to start the program!”

She just doesn’t seem to quit improving herself, and Harvard will be able to give her a huge boost of confidence, especially after her doping incident. There seems to be no limit on what she can do. This is so reflective of her competitive nature. Just as when tennis fans thought Maria Sharapova’s down and out, she’s back in the spotlight.

Maria Sharapova owns a premium candy line called Sugarpova.

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