Sharapova wins 1st title since return from drug suspension

theScore Staff

Maria Sharapova's back on the board.

The 30-year-old Russian earned her first title since returning from a drug ban, defeating Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets to win the Tianjin Open on Sunday.

Sharapova served a reduced 15-month suspension after she tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in 2016. Sunday's win was her first since she captured the Italian Open in 2015.

"I will always remember you," Sharapova tweeted of her 36th career singles championship.

"It is a special title and a special victory," she added, per the WTA's website. "It has been a couple of years since I have held the winner's trophy."