Former world No. 1 Simona Halep has been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITTA) for testing positive for a banned substance at this year’s US Open.
Halep tested positive for Roxadustat, according to tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg. Halep is banned from playing in any WTA events and could face a lengthy suspension.
Halep, now ranked No. 9 in the world, is the biggest name in sport to face such consequences since Maria Sharapova was suspended two years in 2016 for a positive doping test.
Halep said on Instagram that she plans to fight the suspension. The 31-year-old Romanian was upset in the first round of the US Open by qualifier Daria Snigur.