Maria sharapova was suspended last year after she admitted taking the banned substance, meldonium and has been widely criticised with the likes of Eugenie Bouchard saying she should not have been allowed to return.
But despite Sharapova denying the cheating offense saying she had put the scandal behind her, Bouchard still insists her fellow player is a cheater and he doesn’t think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play again.
But Sharapova told the BBC: “I think those are comments not based on facts, and therefore I don’t take them into consideration.”
The Russian player, who has just released her memoir Unstoppable, My Life So Far, also took aim at Andy Murray. The British player has previously said he finds it strange that there is a prescription drug – meldonium – used to treat a heart condition commonly shared by many athletes at the top of their sport.
Sharapova said: “I don’t think it’s for them to really have an opinion, because they don’t have the facts. So, you know, I think that those are the types of words that make headlines and they will be used as headlines.
“But ultimately, this is my career, and I faced it head on, and I admitted my mistake, and I went about it and I served my suspension and now I’m back.