Sharapova says she failed drug test; penalty unknown

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Tennis player Maria Sharapova addresses the media regarding a failed drug test at The LA Hotel Downtown on March 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Sharapova, a five-time major champion, is currently the 7th ranked player on the WTA tour. Sharapova, withdrew from this week’s BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells due to injury. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tennis star Maria Sharapova says she has failed a drug test at the Australian Open.

The five-time major champion made the announcement at a news conference Monday in Los Angeles.

Sharapova said she tested positive for meldonium, which she has been taking for 10 years for health issues. Meldonium became a banned substance this year.

The WTA has not announced a penalty.

Sharapova, currently sidelined with a forearm injury, hasn’t competed since losing to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January.

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