Simona Halep has been provisionally suspended from tennis after testing positive for a prohibited substance. The former world No.1 from Romania is shocked to learn that her sample taken at the 2022 US Open revealed a doping case.
“Today begins the hardest match of my life: a fight for the truth,” the 31-year-old Halep started her Twitter post that comments on the frustrating situation she finds herself in just weeks after going through a divorce.
Having tested positive for roxadustat, although “in an extremely low quantity”, Halep can’t help but feel “completely confused and betrayed” as the idea of cheating never ever crossed her mind and it is absolutely against all her values.
According to the statement of the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), Halep has already exercised her right to have her B sample analysed, but it only confirmed the finding in the A sample. Now that she is provisionally suspended, the two-time Grand Slam champion is ineligible to compete in or attend any sanctioned tennis events organized by the governing bodies of the sport.
Honor is Halep’s top priority and she will do everything to clear her name:
I will fight until the end to prove that I never knowingly took any prohibited substance and I have faith that sooner or later, the truth will come out.
This is biggest doping scandal rocking the WTA world since Maria Sharapova tested positive for meldonium in 2016. The Russian’s two-year suspension was later reduced to 15 months and she resumed her tennis career in April 2017.