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Doping ban reduced for Romanian tennis star Simona Halep

March 7, 2024

Doping ban reduced for Romanian tennis star Simona Halep

According to Thomas Schlachter of CNN on Tuesday, women’s tennis star Simona Halep of Constanta, Romania has had her four-year suspension for taking a banned substance reduced to nine months. Due to the fact Halep began her suspension on October 7, 2022, she is now clear to play professional tennis again. She has already received a wildcard for the 2024 Miami Open.

Halep’s suspension was extended to four years in September of 2023 because it was reported that she had two doping violations. Halep’s first doping violation occurred at the 2022 United States Open as she tested positive for Roxadusat. The drug was found in a urine sample. We still do not know all the details from the second doping violation.

One major reason why Halep had her drug suspension reduced was because the Court of Arbitration of Sport did not believe Halep intended to take the drug. It was determined that Roxadusat was part of a contaminated supplement that Halep used in late August of 2022, prior to the final grand slam of the season. It is determined that Roxadusat has the ability to increase an athlete’s red blood cell count, and therefore increase an athlete’s endurance.

Halep is a two-time grand slam champion. She won the 2018 French Open and 2019 Wimbledon. When Halep won the 2018 French Open, she defeated American Sloane Stephens in the final 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Then in the 2019 Wimbledon Final, Halep defeated Serena Williams of the United States in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

In the last decade, Halep has been first in the world twice. The first time was for 16 weeks from October 9, 2017 to January 28, 2018, and the second time was for 48 weeks from February 26, 2018 to January 27, 2019.

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