The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced Maria Sharapova's suspension after testing positive for meldonium to 15 months.
WTA Staff

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced Maria Sharapova's suspension after testing positive for meldonium to 15 months. 

Sharapova appealed the initial two-year suspension handed out by the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme in July, and will now be able to return to the court on April 26, 2017.

Following the announcement on Tuesday, the former World No.1 expressed her relief while also looking forward to resuming her career:

WTA CEO Steve Simon added: "The TADP has a comprehensive and fair process in place and we support the final result.

"We are pleased that the process is now at completion and can look forward to seeing Maria back on court in 2017."

* For WTA Insider's in-depth look at the case and what it means for Sharapova click here, while the full statement on CAS's decision can be found on the ITF website.