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Maris Sharapova suspended for 2 years for doping

  • FILE - This is a Monday, March 7, 2016 file photo showing tennis star Maria Sharapova speakings about her failed drug test at the Australia Open during a news conference in Los Angeles. Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. The ruling, announced Wednesday, June 8, 2016 can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - This is a Monday, March 7, 2016 file photo showing tennis star Maria Sharapova speakings about her failed drug test at the Australia Open during a news conference in Los Angeles. Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. The ruling, announced Wednesday, June 8, 2016 can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE  - In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after losing a point to Serena Williams of the United States during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. The ruling, announced Wednesday, June 8, 2016 can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after losing a point to Serena Williams of the United States during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. The ruling, announced Wednesday, June 8, 2016 can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE  - In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, Maria Sharapova of Russia waves as she leaves Rod Laver Arena following her quarterfinal loss to Serena Williams of the United States at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. The ruling, announced Wednesday, June 8, 2016 can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, Maria Sharapova of Russia waves as she leaves Rod Laver Arena following her quarterfinal loss to Serena Williams of the United States at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. The ruling, announced Wednesday, June 8, 2016 can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)  (The Associated Press)

Maria Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open.

The ruling, announced Wednesday, can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The five-time Grand Slam champion was provisionally suspended by the ITF in early March, when she announced at a news conference in Los Angeles that she failed a doping test in January.

Sharapova said then she was not aware that the World Anti-Doping Agency had barred athletes from using meldonium, also known as mildronate, as of Jan. 1.

Her lawyer, John Haggerty, says Sharapova took the substance after that date.

Sharapova said she first was prescribed the Latvian-made drug, typically used for heart conditions, for medical reasons in 2006.