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Maria Sharapova (the Russian tennis star and one of the highest paid female athletes; earning more than twice the endorsement money of Serena Williams) told reporters she tested positive for the drug Meldonium in January.

Sharapova has been taking the banned drug for a decade due to health concerns. It didn’t take long for advertisers to abandon the tennis star. Time will tell how Sharapova will recover from this, on and off the courts.

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