Two-times main winner Simona Halep of Romania has been provisionally suspended after testing constructive for the banned substance roxadustat, the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) mentioned on Friday.
Halep, ranked ninth on this planet, was examined in the course of the U.S. Open and each her A and B samples confirmed the presence of the drug.
“Simona Halep, a 31-year-old Romanian tennis participant, has been provisionally suspended underneath Article 7.12.1 of the 2022 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP),” the physique mentioned in a press release.
“The pattern was break up into A and B samples and the following evaluation discovered that the A pattern contained FG-4592 (Roxadustat), which is a prohibited substance listed within the 2022 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.”
Halep described the ban because the “largest shock of her life.”
“Throughout my complete profession, the thought of dishonest by no means even crossed my thoughts as soon as, as it’s completely towards all of the values I’ve been educated with. Facing such an unfair scenario, I really feel utterly confused and betrayed,” she wrote on Twitter.
Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Pritha Sarkar