"Today begins the hardest game of my life: the battle for truth. I have been informed that I have tested positive for taking a substance called Roxadustat in an extremely low amount. It's the biggest shock of my life. Throughout my career, the idea of ??cheating has never crossed my mind even once, because it totally goes against all the values ??I was brought up through.
Faced with such an unfair situation, I feel completely confused and betrayed. I will fight to the end to prove that I have never knowingly taken any prohibited substance and I have the hope that sooner or later the truth will come out.
It's not about stocks or money. It's about the honor and love story I've built with the game of tennis over the past 25 years." With these words, Simona Halep explained the ban recived for doping.
Simona Halep banned for doping
Yet another seasonal stop and the green light given to Patrick Mouratoglou, the new member of Holger Rune's team, had caused quite a stir about the real reasons that led Simona Halep to end her 2022.
The Romanian champion, under the guidance of Mouratoglou, seemed to have regained that form and mental strength that had allowed her to reach the top of the WTA rankings and to win two Grand Slam tournaments. The defeat she suffered in the first round at the US Open to Daria Snigur, which came after her title at the National Bank Open, was one of the biggest surprises of the year until this afternoon.
In fact, Halep revealed that she was stopped by the International Tennis Integrity Agency following the positivity to Roxadustat, a substance prohibited by the regulation. The test was carried out at the US Open. Halep opened what she called a battle for truth.
After Maria Sharapova, this is the second sensational doping ban of recent years, which hit the WTA Tour with one of its main stars.