When Maria Sharapova realized that her tennis career could end by what she claims was an accidental doping violation, the former world no.1 decided to fight. "When you love what you do, and you do it with passion and integrity then you know what you stand for and who you are, and that's why I fought so hard to get that back," Sharapova said.
"You always want to end your career or a chapter in your life on your terms and in your voice," Sharapova added. "And to be in a moment where you felt like it could have ended on someone else's terms was very difficult for me to accept.
That's why I fought so hard for the truth to be out. You don't realize how much you love something, how much something means to you, until you lose it for some time." The Russian enjoyed her time off the court and also used it constructively, she attended university classes at Harvard and London.
She did internships everywhere from Nike to the NBA, where she shadowed Commissioner Adam Silver. Sharapova put aside the question about how other players will perceive her comeback. She acknowledged having few friends in the locker room.
"I don't know if there's much that I can control," Sharapova said. "I think what I can control, and what I always have controlled, is what I can do, and how I can go out there and how I can compete, and how I can manage my career and my time and what I do with it, and the way I play tennis.
And that is bigger than any other word that I can ever say. I think actions speak so much louder than what we could ever talk about." ALSO READ Maria Sharapova: I LEARNED THAT LIFE CAN BE OK WITHOUT TENNIS