Maria Sharapova Reveals a Failed Drug Test During Press Conference


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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning her Ladies Singles Quarter Final match against Coco Vandeweghe of the United States during day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2015 in London, England.

Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning her Ladies Singles Quarter Final match during Wimbledon in 2015

The internet has been abuzz with news of a major announcement from Maria Sharapova. Many thought she would retire. After all, while Serena Williams has won many matches, Ms. Sharapova is the one who’s laughing all the way to the bank; at least, according to Forbes. For the 11th year in a row, Ms. Sharapova was the world’s highest paid athlete, making $29.7 million last year, in comparison to Ms. Williams earnings of $24.6 million. Now, it’s unclear what will happen to the tennis pro’s career, as she announced that she failed a drug test.

attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

Maria Sharapova at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Ms. Sharapova announced the news during a press conference on her website. She said she started taking meldonium in 2006 because of “several health issues” she had going on during that time, including a deficiency in magnesium, irregular EKG results and signs of diabetes. Meldonium was just added to the banned substance list in 2016, which explains the failed test result.

Even with a failed drug test, she’s still on her way to launching a lifestyle brand. She has a candy line, Sugarpova, and much like the Kardashian family, she also has an app available. In the past, she’s collaborated with Cole Haan on an accessories line. Now, Ms. Sharapova is in hot water, and it’s not because she’s stepping away from tennis entirely; instead, it’s because of a failed drug test, and it’s uncertain whether the public will believe she unknowingly took a banned substance.