Maria Sharapova appeals two-year ban for using banned substance

USA TODAY Sports’ Nick McCarvel discusses Maria Sharapova’s two0year ban for testing positive for the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open.

Maria Sharapova appealed her two-year suspension for the use of a banned drug to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday.

The appeal to CAS was expected after the Russian tennis star’s ban was announced last week by the International Tennis Federation. Sharapova tested positive for the newly banned substance, meldonium, twice, including an in-competition test at the Australian Open.

“Ms. Sharapova submits that the period of ineligibility should be eliminated, or in the alternative, reduced,” CAS said in a news release.

Sharapova was granted an expedited appeal and a decision will be rendered by July 18. CAS said that it hasn’t been determined whether a hearing will take place where Sharapova would present her case to the tribunal.

The arbitration process is confidential and no further statements would be released by CAS until the the process is final.

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