Tennis star Simona Halep, two-time grand slam winner, banned for doping violation

Two-time major winner Simona Halep has been provisionally suspended after she tested positive for a banned substance, according to the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA).

The former world number one, who is currently ninth, confirmed that she has tested positive for Roxadustat, a banned drug for anemia.

“Simona Halep, a 31-year-old Romanian tennis player, has been provisionally suspended under Article 7.12.1 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Program 2022,” the agency said in a statement.

The ITIA said the monster was returned at the US Open, where Halep was knocked out in the first round by Ukrainian qualifier Daria Snigur.

Halep, 31, has not played on the tour since.

The Romanian said she feels “confused and betrayed” by the result.

“Today begins the hardest match of my life: a fight for the truth,” she wrote in a statement on Twitter.

“Throughout my career, the idea of ​​cheating has never crossed my mind because it totally contradicts all the values ​​I was raised with.

“Faced with such an unfair situation, I feel completely confused and betrayed.

“I will fight to the end to prove that I have never knowingly used a banned substance and I am confident that sooner or later the truth will come out.”

More to come.

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