Banned Sharapova chills, ready to return

January 4, 2017

DRUGS cheat Maria Sharapova is staying in tip-top condition ahead of her comeback if these latest snaps are anything to go by.

The tennis ace is serving a suspension until April 25 after being handed a 15-month ban by the International Tennis Federation in June.

Maria Sharapova showed off her bikini body in Hawaii
Maria Sharapova showed off her bikini body in Hawaii

And Sharapova clearly can’t wait to get going again as she showed off her slim figure in a black bikini on the idyllic Hawaiian island of Lanai.

The 29-year-old couldn’t stop smiling as she saw in the New Year with a group of friends and will be hoping to remain as spirited when she finally does return to the court.

Fans have been treated to regular updates on her Instagram page throughout the week, with Sharapova posting a picture of herself getting her hair done with the caption: “Because why not?”

The Russian is currently serving a ban for using meldonium
Sharapova is looking to bounce back at the French Open
Sharapova is looking to bounce back at the French Open
She hasn't played since last year's Russian Open
She hasn’t played since last year’s Russian Open

However, the party is now over for the Russian after she jetted to New York City for work.

Sharapova is expected to be back in action at the French Open later this year, which will make it over a year since her last professional appearance at the Australian Open in March 2016.

Sharapova takes a dip in the sea

Sharapova made the most of her surroundings
Sharapova made the most of her surroundings
She was accompanied by a male friend
She was accompanied by a male friend
Sharapova takes a picture of her friend
Sharapova takes a picture of her friend

Sharapova tested positive for heart disease drug meldonium after the competition but claimed she was unaware it had been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency.

But the popular athlete will now be looking to put all that in the past as she gears up for her highly-anticipated comeback, although she’ll be hoping for better luck after losing to Monica Puig in an exhibition match last month.

EDITED FROM: thesun.co.uk


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