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Maria Sharapova's Former Tennis Coach Says There's 'No Way In Hell' She Cheated — As She's Stripped Of Her UN Goodwill Ambassador Title!

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How do you solve a problem like Maria Sharapova?

Well, according to her former coach, you don't have to — because she didn't do anything wrong in the first place!

The tennis star is currently under fire after admitting to failing a drug test at the Australian Open last week, and while she's been suspended from playing for the time being, one industry pro is still on her team.

Related: Nike, Porsche, & TAG Huer Cut Ties With Maria

Coach Robert Lansdorp trained Maria back when she was just 11 years old, and now he's saying there's "no way in hell" that the 28-year-old would intentionally break the rules!

In fact, the tennis mentor spoke to the Daily Mail on Tuesday accusing the World Anti-Doping Agency of causing a witch hunt, saying:

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Maria Sharapova Has No Friends In The Tennis World?? Andy Murray & Chris Evert Weigh In Harshly On Drug Scandal!

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How the mighty have fallen.

Maria Sharapova probably didn't see herself falling from grace as we entered 2016, but in just three short months she's already become the most controversial star in all of tennis!

As you may have heard, the 28-year-old Olympic silver medalist admitted to failing a drug test at the Australian Open this week, ruining her reputation as a top level athlete.

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While most of her sponsors have already ended their business relationships with Maria, her peers are now starting to speak out about her scandal… and they don't seem too forgiving.

Andy Murray spoke at a press conference during the BNP Paribas Masters on Thursday condemning Maria for cheating, saying:

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Nike & Porsche Distance Themselves From Maria Sharapova After Failed Drug Test — Details Here!

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On Monday, Maria Sharapova admitted to failing a drug test during this year's Australian Open.

Despite explaining that she's been taking Meldonium — a non FDA-approved drug — for 10 years for health issues, Maria was still "provisionally suspended" starting on March 12 by the International Tennis Federation.

Well there's more bad news for the blonde beauty as Nike, Porsche, and TAG Huer are all distancing themselves from the athlete in light of the findings.

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Nike is one of the athlete's bigger deals as she signed a deal with them back in 2010 worth $70 million over eight years. The athletic company released a statement regarding their decision saying:

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Maria Sharapova Admits To Failing A Drug Test At The Australian Open

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UPDATE 7:29 PM EST: Maria will be suspended from tennis following her failed drug test.

After her press conference on Monday, the International Tennis Federation released a statement regarding the player's punishment.

Following regulations by its anti-doping program, the ITF announced Maria will be "provisionally suspended" starting on March 12, meaning she won't be able to participate in the Miami Open on March 22.

The announcement didn't release a specific length of time for the blonde's suspension, just that it will be effective "pending determination of the case."

You can read the full press release here.


Could this be the end of Maria Sharapova's career?!

On Monday, the tennis pro announced she had recently failed a drug test during this year's Australian Open, after coming in fifth in the tournament's Women's Singles competition.

Photo: Maria Shows Off Her Bikini Body!

The 28-year-old said in a press conference:

"I wanted to let you know that a few days ago I received a letter from the ITF that I had failed a drug test at the Australian Open. I failed the test and take full responsibility for it."

The blonde beauty explained that for ten years, a doctor has been prescribing her the drug Meldonium — which is not FDA-approved — for several health issues she began having back in 2006.

The sports star confessed that she had only known it by its medicinal brand name, Mildronat, rather than its scientific name, until she received the letter.

The athlete did admit that she received a letter in December of 2015 with all the changes to the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited substances, but did not look at the list of items that had been added for 2016.

The Russia native told the crowd:

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Serena Williams Named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson Of The Year — See What Makes Her So Sexy, Sleek, & Strong!

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This is AH-Mazing!

This year marks the first time that Sports Illustrated has made a shift in their awards for athletes of the year.

In the past, the famous sports magazine had awards for "Sportsman" or "Sportswoman of the year" but this year they've made a shift to change their award to "Sportsperson of the Year."

And the winner of the prestigious first-time title is none other than tennis superstar Serena Williams!

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Williams has had a sensational year! She won three major titles, remained Number 1 in her sport, won her 21st Grand Slam single title — only one shy of Steffi Graf's Open-era record — and overcame plenty of personal hurdles.

Sports Illustrated Group editor Paul Fichtenbaum said of the decision:

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