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Serena Williams: ´Sharapova showed heart and courage´ Henin: ´Many questions have to be asked´

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by Gatto Luigi

Many players are starting to react about Maria Sharapova"s drug test fail for meldonium. Serena Williams, interviewed in New York ahead of the BNP Paribas Showdown exhibition, praised Sharapova"s character during press conference.

"I think most people were happy she was upfront and very honest and showed a lot of courage to admit what she had done and what she had neglected to look at in terms of the list at the end of the year." ""It"s just taking responsibility, which she admitted that she was willing to do and ready to do.

Just hope for the best for everybody in that situation." Serena has been the last player that Sharapova faced (at the Australian Open in January). Asked if it was weird to play against a doped player, Williams said: "I"m not the best person to ask to" - has affirmed the American, who won the last 18 matches played against the Russian.

Caroline Wozniacki, who held press conference alongside Serena, has spoken about the attention that players must have when they take any medication. When it happens, "we double, triple and quadruple checks, because sometimes even things like cough drops or nasal sprays can be on the list,"" Wozniacki said. "I think as athletes we always need to make sure there"s nothing in it." Always in New York Justine Henin, who was there because she was elected to the Internation Hall of Fame, did not make any strong comment to defend or not Sharapova: "I think we"re all a little bit sad and disappointed about the situation: "Well, I think it"s not nice what"s happening.

It"s never good for the game or for anyone — the fans, for all the people who support the sport — and certainly not good for Maria at the moment. I"m not in the position to judge because we don"t know. So many questions have to be asked and it"s very difficult at the moment to give an opinion," Henin said.

"I can just say it"s not good for the game. Rules are important, that"s for sure. Rules have to be respected. That"s the thing we can say today. I feel a little bit sad about all of this Marat Safin, who was introducted to the Hall of Fame as well, affirmed that he believes that Sharapova didn"t take meldonium intetionally, but at the same time added: "I want to believe so."" ALSO READ:  Sharapova´s lawyer: ´Sanction could be reduced dramatically´ Tarpischev: ´She can play Olympics´ .

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