Romanian Simona Halep, former world number 1 in the WTA, declared that he would “fight to the end” to prove that he did not knowingly take a prohibited substance.
The announcement was made after being provisionally suspended for doping.
A sample provided by the 31-year-old tennis player during the last US Open at the end of August showed traces of Roxadustat.
According to the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), the drug stimulates the production of red blood cells. In addition, it is used for the treatment of patients with kidney problems.
The Romanian player reacted immediately on social networks, estimating that the positive result was "the biggest scare of her life."
“Throughout my entire career, the idea of cheating has never once crossed my mind. It's totally contrary to all the values I've been raised on," she continued.
"I will fight to the end to prove that I have never deliberately taken a prohibited substance, and I am sure that sooner or later the truth will come out," Halep said.
At the end of August, the winner of Roland Garros in 2018 and Wimbledon in 2019 was eliminated in the first round of the US Open by the Ukrainian Daria Snigur.
On September 15, after a nose job, he announced on Twitter that his season was over and he would not play before 2023.