Doping now shadows Sharapova's rags-to-riches story

Doping now shadows Sharapova's rags-to-riches story

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From the shadow of Chernobyls nuclear wasteland to international super-stardom; from penniless arrival in the United States, without a word of English, to a fortune nudging the USD 200 million mark.It may sound like the stuff of Hollywood dreams, but the story of Maria Sharapova, the worlds richest sportswoman, is a testament to the power of one individual to make it, whatever the odds.The ending of the story is now shrouded in doubt after the Russian-born star announced on Monday she had failed a drug test.

She said she wants to stay in tennis -- the sport that has made her rich beyond her wildest dreams even as her talent has arguably gone unfulfilled.Sharapova has won five Grand Slam titles, but her great rival, Serena Williams, has 21 and is still playing.And when she shot to international fame as a giggly 17-year-old Wimbledon winner in 2004 -- the third youngest ...

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