Maria Sharapova was born in Russia, is Athlete, TennisAthlete, Tennis. Maria Sharapova shocked the tennis world in March when she announced she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January. She said she had been taking the drug Meldonium for a decade for her health, and unbeknownst to her it was added to the WTA Tour's banned list of substances on January 1. Sponsors ran for cover with Tag Heuer ending discussions on a renewal for a deal that expired in December. Nike and Porsche both suspended promotional plans with the Russian-born player, but neither terminated their contract. Other partners including Avon, Evian and Head stuck by Sharapova. But her income will plummet over the next 12 months with big reductions in her endorsement contracts for not playing a minimum number of events. Sharapova had been the highest-paid female athlete in the world the previous 11 years until this one when Serena Williams usurped her. Sharapova has banked nearly $300 million in prize money, appearances and endorsements since she turned pro in 2001.