But, Sharapova admits, as the scandal unfolded, she felt like “curling up into a ball”. Eventually, however, she decided to “get up and carry on.
“I’d signed up for an 8.30am spinning class. At the studio, everyone was staring, or maybe that was just in my mind. I got on a bike, put my head down and made myself pedal.
“I cried through the entire class, but I did what I had to do. From that moment, I knew it was going to be awful and unfair, but that I’d get through it.”