"But on January 1 the rules had changed and meldonium became a prohibited substance, which I had not known."“I have to take full responsibility for it,” she added.
“It’s my body, and I’m responsible for what I put into it.”On June 8, 2016, an independent tribunal appointed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) suspended Sharapova from playing for two years because of the failed drug test.
She's dated fellow tennis pros, TV personalities (no, not Will Ferrell), B-Ballers and soccer stars (though, as you'll see, we're calling BS on that particular rumor).
Maria Sharapova claimed her first WTA victory at the 2003 AIG Japan Open and also reached the fourth round at Wimbledon on her first attempt during the same year.
Sharapova responded in a Facebook post: "While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension.
The tribunal, whose members were selected by the ITF, agreed that I did not do anything intentionally wrong, yet they seek to keep me from playing tennis for two years.
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“It started when I was a little girl in Russia, and my dad would reward me with a lollipop or chocolate after a long day of practice,” she wrote on the Sugarpova website.