Maria Sharapova admits to failing drug test

Maria Sharapova faces a possible suspension from tennis after she admitted to failing a drug test at the Australian Open. (Courtesy: CNN)

(CNN) — Maria Sharapova faces a possible suspension from tennis after she admitted to failing a drug test at the Australian Open.

Sharapova, in a press conference in Los Angeles on Monday, said she had been taking the drug, meldonium, ever since 2006 and didn’t realize that it became a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency at the start of 2016.

Monday’s news could have a severe impact on Brand Sharapova. Sharapova has long been the world’s richest female athlete and has won five grand slam tennis titles.

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