Serving up smiles! Maria Sharapova grins through her suspension as she poses at sweet shop in Sin City
Maria Sharapova can't be bitter in a sweet shop.
The 29-year-old tennis pro, fresh off the reduction of her doping ban from two years to 15 months, beamed at the Sweet Factory in Las Vegas on Sunday while promoting her candy line, Sugarpova.
The Russian stunner looked both pretty and professional in a white blazer with black trim over a white shirt with black dots, black pants and brown sandal heels.
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Putting her best foot forward: Maria Sharapova shrugged off controversy to promote her candy line at a Las Vegas sweet shop. The Russian beauty will take the court for a charity event there Monday
The 6 ft., 2 in. beauty is in the Silver State to take part in Monday's World Team Tennis Smash Hits at Caesars Palace, a sporting event featuring a collection of the sport's greatest, co-hosted by Elton John and Billie Jean King.
The five-time Grand Slam winner said she's 'looking forward to a great night of tennis,' and 'really excited to get back on the court for a great cause,' as revenues raised will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
It marks the first time that 15-year veteran of the Women's Tennis Association tour will take the court since the change to her suspension was announced Tuesday.
Others set to participate in the event, which has raised more than $14 million in 23 years, include John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova and Andy Roddick.
Stretchy: The green-eyed stunner toys with a saccharine goodie from her line, Sugarpova
Grace under fire: Maria, 29, has weathered the storm of her doping ban like a pro - and will regain said status next spring
Beaming: The statuesque Russian beauty shows off a smile that could light up a room
Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced Sharapova's ban from two years to 15 months in the wake of her positive test at January's Australian Open for meldonium, a heart medication that is forbidden by the International Tennis Federation.
The CAS said in a 28-page decision that Sharapova was not at 'significant fault' over the failed test, and did not appear to be looking to gain an unfair advantage in taking the drug.
Sharapova, who was once the top-ranked female tennis player worldwide, was banned effective January 26, 2016 in connection with the test.
Under the terms of the CAS ruling, she can come back to the professional ranks on April 26, 2017.
Intensity: Maria's last competition prior to her ban came January 25 against Serena Williams
Restless: Maria said after her ban was reduced, 'Tennis is my passion and I have missed it'
In the wake of the ruling, Sharapova called it 'one of [her] happiest days,' adding that she's 'counting the days until [she] can return to the court.
'In so many ways, I feel like something I love was taken away from me and it will feel really good to have it back,' she said in a statement. 'Tennis is my passion and I have missed it.'
The athlete said she wasn't aware that meldonium (also referred to as mildronate) was named a banned substance as of New Year's Day this year.
She admitted to using the substance prior to her matches at this year's Australian Open, which ended for her with a quarterfinals defeat at the hands of Serena Williams.
World Team Tennis Smash Hits airs live Monday on ESPN2 at 10/9c.
Legends: Billie Jean King and Elton John are set to co-host the star-laden showcase that Maria will participate in, with proceeds going to the Rocket Man's AIDS foundation. The two were pictured here at last year's event in Las Vegas
Bye for now: While Monday's exhibition will likely function as a tune-up for Maria, she's slated to be back in action next April, motivated as ever
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