Maria Sharapova says she failed drug test; penalty unknown

Posted By: PTI

Los Angeles, Mar 7: Tennis star Maria Sharapova says she has failed a drug test at the Australian Open. A five-time major champion made the announcement at a news conference Monday in Los Angeles.

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Sharapova said she tested positive for meldonium, which she has been taking for 10 years for health issues. Meldonium became a banned substance this year.

Sharapova says she failed drug test

The WTA has not announced a penalty. Sharapova, currently sidelined with a forearm injury, hasn't competed since losing to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January.


Story first published: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 2:25 [IST]
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