The highest-paid woman in sports faces provisional suspension from the game due to the presence of a substance which she is taking for the last ten years for her health condition.
On Monday, she said she failed a drug test at the Australian Open as she tested positive for meldonium, which is taken for ailments like diabetes and magnesium deficiency.
“I made a huge mistake. I let my fans down and I let the sport down,” said Maria, the six time Grand Slam winner.
In a news conference, held in a hotel in Los Angeles, she said “I know that with this I face consequences and I don’t want to end my career this way. I really hope that I will be given another chance to play this game,”
She also said “It is very important for you to understand that for 10 years this medicine was not on WADA’s banned list and I had been legally taking the medicine. But on January the first, the rules have changed and meldonium became a prohibited substance.”