Maria Sharapova Admits She Failed Drug Test At Aus Open
If you follow your tennis - and even if you don’t - you’ll know of Maria Sharapova.
She’s one of the biggest tennis heavyweights in history - but it seems it may have just all come crashing down.
Sharapova has just revealed that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open.
She revealed she took anti-ischemic drug mildronate, which is a banned substance.
She says she was first given the substance back in 2006 due to several health issues as she was getting very sick very often, had a deficiency in magnesium, as well as a family history of diabetes.
Maria Sharapova admits to failing a drugs test at The Australian Open yet she still couldn't win https://t.co/Scog99M1r3— Joshua Emmanuel (@big_man_joshy) March 7, 2016
"I have been very open and honest about many things, I take great responsibility in my job ... I made a huge mistake," she told a media gathering in Los Angeles.
"I let my fans down, I let the sport down that I've been playing since the age of four, that I have loved so deeply.
"I know with this I face consequences and I don't want to end my career this way, and I really hope I get another chance to play this game."
She said she did not know what the consequences for her career would be. "I do not, this is very new to me, I just received the letter a few days ago, and I will be working with the [International Tennis Federation]."
More to come as the story unfolds.