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  • Sharapova Announces Failed Drug Test

  • Russian tennis star confirms news at press conference

Russia's Maria Sharapova reacts as she watches compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova play against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during their Fed Cup World Group tennis match in Moscow, February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor,

07 of March 2016 14:21:20

Former tennis world number one Maria Sharapova said Monday that she recently received a letter saying she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open.The 28-year-old Russian, a five-times grand slam champion, has not competed since she lost to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January and has struggled with a series of injuries in recent years.

Sharapova said she tested positive for meldonium and that she did not look at a list of banned substances for 2016 that the World Anti-Doping Agency had sent last December."I was first given the substance back in 2006. I had several health issues going on at the time," Sharapova told a news conference in Los Angeles."I was getting sick very often  and I had a deficiency in magnesium and a family history of diabetes, and there were signs of diabetes. That is one of the medications, along with others, that I received."

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