Simona Halep banned from WTA tour for two months after failing drug test

Simona Halep Suspended for a Positive Doping Test

By Alexey Tsymbal, Reuters, 17 December 2017

Simona Halep is suspended from the WTA tour for two months for a failed drug test.

(Yahoo Finance) – World No. 1 Simona Halep was banned from the WTA tour for two months on Tuesday after failing a drug test and the suspension was the latest in a long series of blows for the Romanian star.

In a statement on her website, Halep apologised to the WTA and said she had “acted with full knowledge and conscience”, adding: “I would like to take the opportunity, to thank and thank you with all my heart and soul for your understanding and support.”

“I would also like to thank the people working with and for me. I am truly grateful,” she added.

Halep will be replaced on the WTA tour by the Czech Republic’s Petra Cetkovská. She will serve the suspension from the 15-17 WTA tournament, but was allowed to compete in doubles action for a week.

“The Romanian tennis player has been sanctioned for a doping violation. The team that was responsible for the laboratory analysis and the official who performed the doping test is obliged to follow the current WADA procedures,” WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, said in a statement.

“The WTA had no prior knowledge of the suspected violation.

“WADA strongly advises the players and other athletes who have submitted their samples to confirm the results against the WADA-administered procedures.”

Simona Halep, 30, was the first world tennis champion since Venus Williams won the title in 2009 to be penalised by WADA for doping. She is the first tennis player to be banned for doping since Venus Williams was banned in 2013 for multiple doping violations.

Halep is a five-time Grand Slam singles champion and a nine-time WTA Tour doubles champion, who is also the only woman ever to reach the top four in the sport in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

Halep was also banned from the WTA season opener at Shanghai in October, which she won with a record 12 straight sets.

The WTA decided it was too dangerous to allow the tour-leading player to travel to China, although she

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