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Maria Sharapova, a villain to some, is back in black at U.S. Open

Maria Sharapova, a villain to some, is back in black at U.S. Open

Maria Sharapova entered the court Monday dressed all in black, the color worn by villains in old Western movies. It might have been a sponsor’s suggestion or her take on standard evening attire for a night out in New York, but the dark tone seemed appropriate given the circumstances.

Since the five-time Grand Slam champion was suspended last year after testing positive for the banned drug meldonium — a sentence initially set at two years but cut to 15 months on appeal — she has been cast in the villain’s role by some tennis fans and some of her peers, especially when she was given wild-card entries into several prestigious tournaments, including the U.S. Open, after her exile...

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