Maria Sharapova says she failed drug test; penalty unknown

Credit: AP Maria Sharapova of Russia answers questions during a press conference following her fourth round loss to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama Shuji)

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

A 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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