Serena Williams seemingly dropped major shade on Simona Halep following the news of the Romanian being suspended for four years in her doping case. On Tuesday, it was announced that the independent tribunal found Halep guilty of breaching two anti-doping violations.
In 2019, Halep became a Wimbledon champion in a very impressive way when she ousted Williams 6-2 6-2 in the final. Williams never again made the Wimbledon final and she finished her career with seven titles at The Championships and with 23 Grand Slams overall.
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Williams seemingly takes a shot at Halep
For months, Halep was trying to get her case to an independent tribunal.
After being heard in June, the verdict in Halep's case was reached this week. In a statement released, Halep maintained her innocence and revealed she is taking the case to The Court of Arbitration for Sport. “Today (Tuesday), a tribunal under the tennis anti-doping program announced a tentative decision in my case.
The last year has been the hardest match of my life, and unfortunately my fight continues. I have devoted my life to the beautiful game of tennis. I take the rules that govern our sport very seriously and take pride in the fact I have never knowingly or intentionally used any prohibited substance.
I refused to accept their decision of a four-year ban. I intend to appeal to The Court of Arbitration for Sport," Halep said in a statement. Meanwhile, the WTA also released a short statement. “It is of the utmost importance for players to be aware of the Tennis Anti-Doping Program rules and to follow them.
The Independent Tribunal has made its ruling surrounding Simona’s case and under the TADP, the decision may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The WTA will support the decisions reached through the process and will continue to follow this closely," the WTA said in a statement.
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