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Maria Sharapova breaks her silence on THAT drug scandal

Her tennis career was almost derailed after she gravely announced that she had failed a test for the newly banned drug meldonium during the Australian Open.

And Maria Sharapova, 30, has finally broken her silence on the controversy, as she admitted she felt 'so small' and just wanted to be treated like a 'normal human being.'

Speaking to Net-A-Porter's digital magazine THE EDIT, the Russian tennis ace added that facing up to her sporting rival Serena Williams made her feel like a 'little girl'.

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Scadal: Maria Sharapova, 30, has finally broken her silence on last year's failed drugs test, as she admitted she felt 'so small' and just wanted to be treated like a 'normal human being

Scadal: Maria Sharapova, 30, has finally broken her silence on last year's failed drugs test, as she admitted she felt 'so small' and just wanted to be treated like a 'normal human being

Maria's career hung in the balance last March, after she took a routine drugs test and failed it.

The blonde bombshell had taken meldonium for 10 years after her doctor recommended it for health problems including an irregular heartbeat, a magnesium deficiency and a family history of diabetes. 

She and her team managed to miss the alerts that the drug had now been banned, leading to her failing the test.

Discussing the following scandal, she said: 'I felt so small. For a woman who's tall and powerful – an athlete – it was a very distant feeling.

 Frank: Speaking about the scandal, 'I faced so many days where I questioned people around me and what they thought; I'd never done that before'

 Frank: Speaking about the scandal, 'I faced so many days where I questioned people around me and what they thought; I'd never done that before'

'I faced so many days where I questioned people around me and what they thought; I'd never done that before. 

'During the first four or five months [of the suspension], it was really hard for me to put words onto paper, or want any of the memories,' she said.

She faced a two-year suspension, which was lifted nine months early after bosses found that she did not conceal her drug use. 

Now Maria is returning to tennis and - looking on the bright side - she admitted that the ordeal has made her want to live life

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