Despite testing positive for meldonium and facing a lengthy ban, Maria Sharapova says she is determined to fight back.
The Russian took to her Facebook account on Friday to hit out at what she called “distorted and exaggerated” reporting.
Sharapova denied taking meldonium every day and also said it was untrue that she missed five warnings that the drug was about to be banned, claiming that tennis authorities made the information too hard to find.
The 28-year-old insisted that she only took the drug according to the recommended dosage, and took aim at a report that claimed otherwise.
“The story quotes the manufacturer of my medicine as saying: ‘Treatment course can be repeated twice or thrice a year. Only physicians can follow and evaluate patient’s health condition and state whether the patient should use meldonium for a longer period of time.’
“That’s exactly what I did. I didn’t take the medicine every day,” she said.
And with regards to her missing five warnings, Sharapova added: “The communications? They were buried in newsletters, websites, or handouts.
“In order to be aware of this ‘warning’, you had to open an email with a subject line having nothing to do with anti-doping, click on a webpage, enter a password, enter a username, hunt, click, hunt, click, hunt, click, scroll and read.
“I guess some in the media can call that a warning. I think most people would call it too hard to find.”
She added: “I have been honest and upfront. I look forward to the ITF hearing at which time they will receive my detailed medical records.”
Here’s her Facebook post in full: