Breaking news: Maria Sharapova has been BANNED from tennis

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The world of tennis has been rocked this afternoon following the news that Maria Sharapova have been banned from tennis for two years for violating an Anti-Doping rule.

According to emerging reports, an Independent Tribunal today ruled that a two-year period of ineligibility be imposed upon the Russian tennis champion.

The 29-year-old sports star provided officials with a urine sample at the beginning of the year which was ultimately found to contain meldonium – a substance which is prohibited under the 2016 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme.

Having admitted in March that she had indeed violated the Anti-Doping rule, the former World No. 1 requested a hearing before the Independent Tribunal in order to learn the consequences of her actions.

It has been established that Ms. Sharapova's ban will be backdated to January 26th – the day in which she failed the drug test – which means she can re-enter the world of tennis in January 2018.

The Olympic medallist and five-times Grand Slam winner avoided a possible four year ban.

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