Maria Sharapova to appeal after being banned for two years

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova has been banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation for using a prohibited drug.

The Russian super star was provisionally banned in March after testing positive for meldonium at January’s Australian Open.

The heart disease drug, which Sharapova says she has been taking since 2006 for health issues, became a banned substance on 1 January 2016.

The five-time Grand Slam winner says she will appeal against the ban, which is backdated to 26 January 2016.