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Russian Tennis Star Sharapova To Attend Harvard Business School

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, suspended for doping, says she will attend a Harvard Business School seminar this summer.

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, who was recently suspended for two years from international competition for doping, says she is going to Harvard Business School.

Sharapova, whose business interests include her Sugarpova brand of candy, said on Facebook on June 27 that she will attend a two-week program this summer.

"'Not sure how this happened but Hey Harvard! Can't wait to start the program!" she said.

Sharapova, 29, has vowed to appeal the doping ban stemming from a positive test for meldonium, which was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list in January.

The former world No. 1 and five-time Grand Slam champion has said she was taking a prescription for the drug and did not realize it had been banned as a performance enhancer.

The scandal prompted some sponsors to walk away, but apparel giant Nike has stuck by Sharapova and she remains one of the world's highest-earning sportswomen.

She topped the Forbes list for 11 years before tennis rival Serena Williams surpassed her in June with $28.9 million in total earnings over the past 12 months to Sharapova's $21.9 million.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP