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year ban from tennis 'unfairly harsh' Tennis star Maria Sharapovawill serve a two year suspensionafter testing positive for the banned substance meldonium in January. The five time grand slam winner wasgiven a provisional banby the International Tennis Federation in March to allow for a full investigation into her failed test. Wednesday, the nike cr7 ITF concluded its probe, announcing Sharapova can't compete again professionally until January 2018. Ina statement on her Facebook page, Sharapova said she plans to fight the suspension. Her statement reads, "While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two year suspension." At apress conference in March, the 29 year old was adamant that she wasn't using the drug to enhance her performance on the court. She said: "For the past 10 years, I have been given a medicine called, Mildronate, by my family doctor . After I received the ITF nike j crew letter, I found out that it also has another name nike kd of meldonium, which I did not know." Sharapova accepted responsibility for not checking a Jan. 1 email from the World Anti Doping Agency announcing the addition of meldonium to the list of banned substances. But she still said she doesn't think her punishment fits the crime. "It's 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," she said. The ban has alreadyjeopardized Sharapova's endorsement dealswith Nike, Porsche and American Express, which helped make her the highest earning female athlete of the past decade. Sharapova topped Forbes' list of highest paid female athletes 11 years straight before Serena Williams passed her this June.