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Maria Sharapova didn’t retire–but she did fail a drug test

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Maria Sharapova. (Veronica Belmont/Flickr)

Top-ranking tennis superstar Maria Sharapova just announced that she failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open.

She said that she was notified by the International Tennis Federation about a January test, and failed on account of changes to tennis’s program doping requirements.

Sharapova has long taken Meldonium, for a magnesium deficiency, which was just recently added to the list in December.

Meldonium is a drug used to increase exercise endurance, typically used for heart patients. It has not been approved by the FDA for athletes to use the way Sharapova uses it.

She held a press conference today where she came clean, so to speak.

A lot of people had expected her to announce her retirement, but she announced the failed drug test instead--and said nope, she's not retiring just yet.

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Maria Sharapova didn’t retire–but she did fail a drug test

Allison Hollender

Allison is originally from Fresno, California, but made her way to the beautiful Central Coast, where she is a student at UC Santa Cruz, earning a degree in both history and politics, working as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, and guzzling gallons of coffee. She is a lover of television and all things Amy Poehler. Follow her embarrassing attempts at jokes on Twitter @alleyrenee16.

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