Can Maria Sharapova come back from two-year ban?

Nick McCarvel, Special for USA TODAY Sports
3:42 p.m. EDT June 8, 2016

USA TODAY Sports’ Nick McCarvel discusses Maria Sharapova’s two0year ban for testing positive for the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open.

Can Maria Sharapova come back from this? Those inside tennis are unsure.

Sharapova was issued a two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation on Wednesday for using the banned drug meldonium. The suspension is backdated to January, meaning Sharapova – who said she will appeal – is out until January 2018.

She’ll be nearing her 31st birthday by then, and for a player who has dealt with myriad injuries in her career, working with a body that is prone to break downs.

Chris Evert, the former world No. 1 and ESPN commentator, thinks that’s it. This is the end for Maria.

“I don’t think she can do a two-year ban. I don’t think she can come back,” Evert told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview. “The players are only getting better. The workload, the training is only harder. She has been on tour for 15…

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