Former top-ranked  tennis star suspended for positive drug test

Simona Halep, a former top- ranked player, was given a provisional suspension by the International Tennis Integrity Agency on Friday after she  failed a drug test.

The 31-year-old Romanian  tennis player Halep, who has  won two Grand Slam titles, is presently ranked No. 9 in the world.

According to the ITIA, Halep  tested positive for the drug Roxadustat, which is illegal and  is marketed as an anti-anemia treatment for kidney illness.

On October 7, the ITIA notified Halep of a potential charge for violating an anti-doping rule.

The ITIA released a statement  in which it stated that the player had "executed their entitlement  to request that the B sample  be tested, which corroborated  the finding in the A sample."

The player is "ineligible to participate in or attend any sanctioned tennis events organised by the governing organisations of the sport while provisionally suspended."

After having nose surgery,  Halep announced last month  that she will take the rest of  the year off.

While she is suspended, she  is not permitted to take part in  or attend any WTA-approved events.

Halep expressed her amazement after the adverse drug test on social media, saying she felt "confused and betrayed."

"Throughout the course of my career, I never once considered cheating because it completely goes against all the ideals I was raised with.

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