'Fun and laughs' as Sharapova returns to the court

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  • Russian star features in charity event
  • Plays alongside McEnroe, Navratilova and Roddick
  • Returns to tennis tour from drugs ban in April

A week after gaining a reduction to her doping ban — which will allow Sharapova to resume her career in April 2017– the 29-year-old played in a charity tournament.

She featured in two doubles matches at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, a World Team Tennis Smash Hits charity event supporting the Elton John AIDS Foundation hosted by the pop star and tennis legend Billie Jean King.

The fundraiser featured some of the biggest names in the game’s history.

Sharapova, who had her original 24-month ban for testing positive to meldonium cut to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration of Sport, paired up with 16-year-old Taylor Johnson against Martina Navratilova and five-time grand slam doubles champion Liezel…

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