Serena Williams hails “mettle” of Sharapova

Serena Williams responds as she and Stan Wawrinka play against Gael Monfils and Caroline Wozniacki amid the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Photograph: AFPWorld number one Serena Williams hailed Maria Sharapova for the way she uncovered news of her fizzled dope test on Tuesday, while playing down reasons for alarm the doping sensation would harm tennis.

Talking in New York where she is because of play Caroline Wozniacki in a show match this week, Williams conceded she was dazed by news that Sharapova had tried positive for banned substance meldonium.

Russian star Sharapova declared the news at a question and answer session in Los Angeles on Monday, continuing so as to guarantee she had just committed an error to take the medication without verifying whether it was banned. Meldonium was added to the rundown of banned execution upgrading drugs in January.

“I think a great many people were amazed and stunned by Maria however in the meantime the vast majority were glad that she was simply forthright and extremely legitimate and demonstrated a considerable measure of mettle to admit to what she had done and what she had fail to take a gander at,” Williams told correspondents.

Williams, a long-lasting adversary of Sharapova, depicted the Russian star’s declaration as courageous.

“She’s generally demonstrated bravery in everything that she’s finished. Furthermore, this is the same,” Williams said.

Williams in the mean time played down recommendations that the outrage and an approaching boycott for one of the game’s most prominent stars would be harming for tennis.

“I’m not concerned, I believe there’s a considerable measure of extraordinary stars,” Williams said.

“There’s a considerable measure individuals that play tennis. I feel that there’s a considerable measure of identities.”

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