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Maria Sharapova Drug Fiasco: World reacts to Tennis superstars' confession

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09 Mar 2016, 12:10 IST
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova revealed that she failed a drug test during the Australian Open

Five-times grand slam champion Maria Sharapova's failed drug test at this year's Australian Open provoked a flurry of reaction on social media and beyond.

While most expressed shock and some sympathy for the Russian former world number one, others were less charitable, including three-times grand slam champion Jennifer Capriati.

FORMER WORLD NO.1 JENNIFER CAPRIATI ON TWITTER

"I'm extremely angry and disappointed. I had to lose my career and never opted to cheat no matter what. I had to throw in the towel and suffer.

"I didn't have the high priced team of drs that found a way for me to cheat and get around the system and wait for science to catch up. The responses are exactly what i am talking about. Everything based on illusion and lie driven by the media for over 20 yrs. Beyond unfair."

TENNIS GREAT MARTINA NAVRATILOVA ON TWITTER

FORMER PLAYER JAMES BLAKE ON TWITTER

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CURRENT AMERICAN PLAYER RYAN HARRISON on TWITTER

FORMER TOP 10 PLAYER AND COACH BRAD GILBERT

AUSTRALIAN PLAYER MATT EBDEN

BRITISH OLYMPIC HEPTATHLON BRONZE MEDALLIST KELLY SOTHERTON

SEVEN-TIME GRAND SLAM SINGLES CHAMPION JUSTINE HENIN

"Some questions still have to be asked and it's very difficult at the moment to give an opinion. What I can say is it's not good for the game.

"Rules are important, rules have to be respected so that's the thing we can say today. But I am still a little bit sad about all of this."

RUSSIAN FORMER WORLD NO. 1 MARAT SAFIN

"The situation is pretty difficult but I think there is a lot we still have to understand. It can be a mistake. But it depends how they (investigators) take it and how they feel about the situation."

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