Russian tennis beauty Maria Sharapova says time away during dope ban has helped her relax and unwind to the fullest
Moscow: Maria Sharapova has refused to feel sorry for herself during her doping ban, occupying her time by studying at Harvard, writing a book and even learning how to box.
The former World No. 1 and five-time Grand Slam title winner told a Russian chat show that she particularly enjoyed lacing up a pair of boxing gloves as part of her fitness regime.
“I tried boxing as I needed to keep myself in good form. It was great as I could imagine some particular people whom I wanted to hit,” said the 29-year-old, who will return to action at the Stuttgart claycourt tournament on April 26, seven days after her 30th birthday.
“I found out that I'm very good in resting,” added Sharapova when she was asked what lessons she had learned during her enforced absence from the tour and which has left her now without a world ranking.
“I also had a vacation in Croatia, I celebrated the New Year in Hawaii. I've never been in London as a tourist before. I've seen almost nothing there while playing at Wimbledon.” Sharapova, who has studied at Harvard Business School, is also involved in a book about her life.