Serena Williams, the world's reigning No. 1 women's singles player, expressed her amazement at the news while graciously praising Sharapova for taking full responsibility for her actions, the New York Times reports.

Sharapova admitted to failing a drug test via her use of a formally legal substance and claims she did not know that the substance was forbidden.

In 2009, sprinter and Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merrit tested positive for banned performance enhancing drugs and faced a two year ban from competition — a lifetime in the world of sport. To the world, it looked like another case of desperate athletic doping. But the New York Times reports: SEE ALSO: Why Isn’t God […]