Maria Sharapova has had her ban from tennis reduced from two years to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport following an appeal.

The reduction means she will be able to return to action in time for the French Open next year.

The Russian was originally banned in June after she tested positive for the banned substance meldonium.

Sharapova posted a statement on Facebook, which saw her thank fasn for their support throughout the ban.

I’ve gone from one of the toughest days of my career last March when I learned about my suspension to now, one of my happiest days, as I found out I can return to tennis in April.

Maria Sharapova