Dominika Cibulkova, the 2014 Australian Open finalist has hit out at Maria Sharapova over her doping scandal calling her "arrogant and conceited". Sharapova tested positive for meldonium – a drug banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency as of 1 January – after the 2016 Australian Open.
The 28-year-old recently admitted to taking the banned drug for 10 years for medical purposes and was subsequently provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) with the outcome of the case still pending.
However, the current World Number 54 did not hold back onto her words when talking about her rival. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Cibulkova said:"I was surprised that most of the reactions were so diplomatic, because everyone's opinion is actually totally different."
"I didn't make a statement, as I didn't want to be the only person to openly say what they think about this case. I will only say that I don't feel sorry at all for Sharapova and I don't miss her on the tour."
"She's a totally unlikeable person. Arrogant, conceited and cold. When I sit beside her in the locker room, she won't even say hello," she added.
Cibulkova is the not the first person on tour to have spoken about Sharapova's behavior. The former coach of a top 10 player anonymously told the New York Post that Sharapova "definitely doesn't seem to have any friends on tour".
Meldonium has continued to rocked Russian sports, with four judokas the latest to test positive for the banned substance. Other than Sharapova, high-profile Russian athletes including Olympic swimmer Yulia Efimova, speedskaters Semyon Yelistratov and Pavel Kulizhnikov have all tested positive for the drug.