Follow The Shovel

Sharapova Forced To Hand Back Her Australian Open Loss

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has been ordered to relinquish her quarter final Australian Open failure, following a positive drug test.

The world’s tennis governing body the ITF said it would be unfair for Sharapova – who was crushed by Serena Williams in straight sets – to keep the loss.

“Ms Sharapova has robbed another tennis player of the opportunity to be absolutely schooled by Serena Williams. That’s unfair on the hundreds of up-and-coming players who would relish that privilege,” a spokesperson said.

The loss will now be awarded to American Lauren Davis.

Follow The Shovel on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram, or subscribe for emails below.

Become a Shovel member. Or follow us on Email | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram