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Maria Sharapova Suspended For TWO YEARS After Testing Positive For Doping — But The Tennis Star Is Fighting The Decision!

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Things aren't looking so good for Maria Sharapova.

The tennis legend was suspended for two years on Wednesday after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

According to the Associated Press, a three-person panel appointed by the International Tennis Federation said that while Sharapova did not intend to cheat, she bore the "sole responsibility" for doping.

Photo: Chelsea Handler Sends Nude Selfie To Maria For Her Birthday!

But the five-time Grand Slam champion is hitting back hard, immediately responding to the ban by vowing to appeal the decision.

In a statement, the athlete said:

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Nike & Porsche Distance Themselves From Maria Sharapova After Failed Drug Test — Details Here!

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On Monday, Maria Sharapova admitted to failing a drug test during this year's Australian Open.

Despite explaining that she's been taking Meldonium — a non FDA-approved drug — for 10 years for health issues, Maria was still "provisionally suspended" starting on March 12 by the International Tennis Federation.

Well there's more bad news for the blonde beauty as Nike, Porsche, and TAG Huer are all distancing themselves from the athlete in light of the findings.

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Nike is one of the athlete's bigger deals as she signed a deal with them back in 2010 worth $70 million over eight years. The athletic company released a statement regarding their decision saying:

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Maria Sharapova Admits To Failing A Drug Test At The Australian Open

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UPDATE 7:29 PM EST: Maria will be suspended from tennis following her failed drug test.

After her press conference on Monday, the International Tennis Federation released a statement regarding the player's punishment.

Following regulations by its anti-doping program, the ITF announced Maria will be "provisionally suspended" starting on March 12, meaning she won't be able to participate in the Miami Open on March 22.

The announcement didn't release a specific length of time for the blonde's suspension, just that it will be effective "pending determination of the case."

You can read the full press release here.


Could this be the end of Maria Sharapova's career?!

On Monday, the tennis pro announced she had recently failed a drug test during this year's Australian Open, after coming in fifth in the tournament's Women's Singles competition.

Photo: Maria Shows Off Her Bikini Body!

The 28-year-old said in a press conference:

"I wanted to let you know that a few days ago I received a letter from the ITF that I had failed a drug test at the Australian Open. I failed the test and take full responsibility for it."

The blonde beauty explained that for ten years, a doctor has been prescribing her the drug Meldonium — which is not FDA-approved — for several health issues she began having back in 2006.

The sports star confessed that she had only known it by its medicinal brand name, Mildronat, rather than its scientific name, until she received the letter.

The athlete did admit that she received a letter in December of 2015 with all the changes to the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited substances, but did not look at the list of items that had been added for 2016.

The Russia native told the crowd:

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