WOW, this certainly isn’t what we expected. Maria Sharapova shocked everyone by announcing she tested positive for the banned drug Melodnium at the Australian Open. Is her tennis career over?!
Is Maria Sharapova, 28, going to be hanging up her racket?! The tennis superstar will likely face serious consequences after failing a drug test at the Australian Open, during which it was revealed that she’d been taking a substance that was banned by the International Tennis Federation in January. Yikes!
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Maria revealed that she’d be making a big announcement on March 7, and while many speculated she might be retiring, it turned out to be something completely different: She tested positive for Meldonium, a drug she’d been taking for ten years that’s used to treat cardiac conditions, but was banned on Jan. 1, 2016. Click here to watch her tear-filled announcement.
“I received a letter on December 22 from WADA [the World Anti-Doping Agency], an e-mail with the changes happening for next year, as well as reporting your whereabouts and a link to a button you could press to see the prohibited items for 2016, and I did not look at that list,” she explained. Her punishment has not been made clear yet, but Maria said this is obviously not how she wants to go out.
“I know that with this I face consequences and don’t want to end my career this way,” She added. “And I hope that I will have a chance to play again.”
Maria has been one of the top female tennis stars for years, with five Grand Slam titles to her name and wins at all the major tournaments: The Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open. She played in the 2016 Australian Open, but lost in the quarter finals to Serena Williams. She has recently been suffering from various injuries.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) March 7, 2016
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked by Maria’s announcement? Or is this what you expected?