Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova has admitted she is not fully prepared for the US Open. Sharapova, 30, is competing at her first Grand Slam since January 2016 following a lengthy and complicated drug ban. The Russian made her WTA Tour return in April 2017 following an initial two-year ban from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) — ?eventually reduced to 15 months — for testing positive for meldonium.? “I haven’t had the best preparation [for the US Open] if I am honest,” Sharapova said on the tournament’s official Periscope channel. “The tournaments I was supposed to play, I had to withdraw with injury which was quite disappointing.” Sharapova, who has already completed the career Grand Slam, has not competed at the Australian Open, Roland Garros or Wimbledon this year — the second of which she was refused a wildcard entry. “After healing for many weeks and skipping Wimbledon and now to skip the…

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