Simona Halep faces a second doping allegation after being suspended since October after testing positive for a banned substance.
According to Reuters, the accusations were made by Athlete Biological Passport, which found an incomplete profile on her.
“We understand that today’s announcement adds further complexity to an already high-profile situation. We remain committed to engaging with ,” said Nicole Thapstead, Senior Director of Anti-Doping. The International Tennis Integrity Agency said in a statement:
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“It is inappropriate to comment on the details until the process is complete, but we will continue to work with the independent Court of Sports Resolutions and Halep’s attorneys as quickly as possible.”
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Halep, who was suspended from last year’s US Open after testing positive for roxadustat, denied taking the test on purpose.
The Romanian has been ranked No. 1 in the world for a total of 64 weeks in his career, winning the 2018 French Open and 2019 Wimbledon Championships. She made it to the Australian Open final in her 2018 and her best result at the US Open is her 2015 semi-final.
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She is currently ranked 30th in the world.