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What next for Maria Sharapova as she prepares to appeal against her drug ban?

Five-times grand slam winner considers she has scope to argue the toss in court and her individual sponsors are still divided whether to stick or twist

Maria Sharapova will not be at Wimbledon this month, nor will she be at peace with herself for a little while yet, because the battle the Russian has chosen to join in pursuit of clearing her name as a drug cheat will drag on well into the summer.

Her lawyer, John Haggerty, reiterated to the Guardian on Thursday night that he was confident they had enough “wriggle room” to put a strong case for acquittal or a reduction of her two-year ban to the court of arbitration for sport (Cas) in Switzerland, which he estimates is not expected to sit before the end of next month.

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