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Serena Williams Praises Maria Sharapova for Honesty with Failed Drug Test (Video)

Serena Williams Praises Maria Sharapova for Honesty with Failed Drug Test (Video)

Serena Williams is speaking out in support of fellow tennis player Maria Sharapova and praising her for being honest about her failed drug test.

The 34-year-old tennis star reacted to the news during a press conference for her upcoming BNP Paribas Showdown match with pal Caroline Wozniacki on Tuesday (March 8) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“I think most people were happy she was upfront and very honest and showed a lot of courage to admit to what she had done and what she had neglected to look at in terms of the list at the end of the year,” Serena said. “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.”

“As Maria said, she’s ready to take full responsibility,” Serena added. “She showed a lot of courage and a lot of heart. I think she’s always shown courage and heart in everything she’s done, and this is no different.”

Both ladies said that when they take medication, they always check the banned substances list just to make sure they are in the clear.

“Any time we take any medication, we double, triple and quadruple check, because sometimes even things like cough drops or nasal sprays can be on the list,” Caroline said. “I think as athletes we always make sure to really make sure there’s nothing in it.”


Serena Williams Reacts to Maria Sharapova’s Failed Drug Test

Pictured inside: Serena and Caroline attending the World Tennis Day Celebration Gala at Essex House on Monday night (March 7) in the Big Apple.

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  • Canon Lyn

    It certainly seems like she should get the opportunity to just stop using the banned med since it was newly added and she had taken it for 10 years before it was ON the list. So, just let her stop taking it and move on. Looks like an honest mistake and certainly doesn’t appear it’s anything that could enhance performance or was taken to be ‘sly’ and get away with anything. The most ridiculous, common things are on the list, I can imagine it’s hard to keep up. As soon as she learned it was NOW on the list, she owned up to it, so I do hope she doesn’t get penalized for it.

  • Michelle Eve

    Serena is so Classy! :) Love!

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