Simona Halep, former number 1 in the world, provisionally suspended for doping | Tennis news

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Former world number one Simona Halep has been provisionally suspended for doping after testing positive for a banned substance, the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) reported on Friday. Halep’s sample, taken at the US Open, showed traces of Roxadustat, a drug that stimulates red blood cell production and is used in the treatment of patients with kidney problems, the ITIA said in a statement.

Subsequent analysis revealed that the A Sample contained FG-4592 (Roxadustat), a banned substance included in the 2022 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. On Adverse Analytical Findings for Unspecified substances, a mandatory provisional suspension applies. The player has exercised his right to request that the B sample be analysed, which confirmed the finding in the A sample. While provisionally suspended, the player is ineligible to enter or participate in sanctioned tennis events organized by the sport’s governing bodies,” the ITIA said in a statement.

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However, Halep said she will “fight to the end” to prove she did not knowingly take a banned substance after being provisionally suspended for doping.

A sample delivered by Halep at the US Open in August showed traces of Roxadustat, a drug that stimulates red blood cell production and is used to treat patients with kidney problems, the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) said.

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Halep, the current world number nine, said the positive test was “the biggest shock of my life”.

“Throughout my entire career, the idea of ​​cheating has never crossed my mind because it totally goes against all the values ​​I was raised with,” the Romanian tweeted.

“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.”

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