Sharapova could be back in January

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Maria Sharapova could be back in action at the Australian Open. Photo: Getty Images
The head of the Russian Tennis Federation has said that Maria Sharapova could be eligible for a return to action in January.

Five-times grand slam winner Maria Sharapova, banned in June for two years for doping offences, may be allowed to return in January, according to Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) president Shamil Tarpishchev. If that is the case, the former world No.1 could be eligible to play at the Australian Open.

“Everything will be decided in September. It is impossible to say for certain but I think she will start playing again by January,” Tarpishchev was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency on Monday.

Former world No.1 Sharapova, 29, was suspended following a positive test for the banned drug meldonium during January’s Australian Open.

In July, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said a ruling on her case would be held on September 19.

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