And in an interview with the Times, the 29-year-old admitted she had to use Google because she 'didn't even know what meldonium was'.
She said: "I didn't even know what meldonium was. To me, it was Mildronate." Sharapova also hit out at the International Tennis Federation for the way they handled the banning of meldonium claiming someone should have told her at the Fed Cup in Prague in November 2015.
'I'm not concerned about defending points from last year. I still have to fight and try to play as well as I can.
I have great memories from last year, but it doesn't really mean anything to me this year.'This was a great tournament for me last year. I think I gained so much more experience after that as well, more big matches, more high-pressure situations. I just have memories flooding in all the time, any court I practice on, the locker room, this press room. I just will do everything that I can to be just better than last year because it was very disappointing.
'It’s hard to tell (the reaction from players) because Maria Sharapova has always isolated herself from the rest of the tennis world, from the players.
She doesn’t have a lot of close friendships on the tour,' she told ESPN.
No friends: 'It’s hard to tell (the reaction from players) because Maria Sharapova has always isolated herself from the rest of the tennis world, from the players.
She doesn’t have a lot of close friendships on the tour,' said player Chris Evert 'She’s made that known, she can’t be friends with the players.
Her friendships are outside of the tennis world, she’s isolated herself.
MARIA SHARAPOVA has revealed she had to Google banned drug meldonium after receiving her 15-month drug ban.