Simona Halep, former world number one, provisionally suspended for doping

The Romanian, winner of two Grand Slam tournaments, released a lengthy statement in which she said she would fight for the truth. The substance found in his body was Roxadustat.

White sport is waking up to some shocking news. Simona Halep, former world number one and one of the best players of the past decade, has been provisionally suspended for doping, after a sample taken during the US Open will test positive for Roxadustat.

The substance, very close to erythropoietin (EPO), is sanctioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency because its presence in the body improves blood oxygenation. Obviously, once informed of the situation, Halep exercised his right to request the analysis of the B sample, which also had Roxadustat, for which he was immediately provisionally suspended. This means, for its part, that, according to an official document of the ITIA, “the player will not be eligible to compete or attend official tennis events.

For her part, Halep addressed the situation in a detailed statement where she commented on her feelings and her commitment to cataloging it as the most difficult news of her career, in addition to specifying that the amount of Roxadustat found was extremely low.

During my career, the idea of ​​cheating has never once crossed my mind, it totally goes against the values ​​I was raised with. Faced with such an unfair situation, I feel very confused and betrayed. is one of the first statements of the current nine of the world in the text.

Finally, he closed the letter with a statement of intent: “It’s not a question of titles or money. It’s about the honor and love affair I’ve developed with tennis over the past 25 years. ”.

Halep, 31, has had a very diverse 2022 as she started off with major physical issues and despite winning the WTA 250 in Melbourne earlier this year, she didn’t find her best form until August , when she won the Toronto Masters 1000. It was the first title with her new coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, former coach of Serena Williams.

After going through the US Open a month and a half ago, the 2018 Roland Garros and 2019 Wimbledon champion decided to end her season, since she chose to have nose surgery. It was just at the US Open that the World Anti-Doping Agency detected the substance in his body.

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Source: Latercera

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