A Supporter of Maria Sharapova of Russia display a poster with the words “Welcome back Goddess”. Photo: AFP

Maria Sharapova might be scorned as a drug cheat by many – but in China, tennis fans are still in thrall to their ‘goddess’

Russian’s return has divided opinion – but not at the China Open, where some supporters believe her ban is ‘American political intrigue’

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A Supporter of Maria Sharapova of Russia display a poster with the words “Welcome back Goddess”. Photo: AFP
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