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Simona Halep defends herself against Caroline Wozniacki’s wildcard accusation: ‘I didn’t cheat’

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'I didn't cheat': Simona Halep hits back at Caroline Wozniacki's wildcard remark

New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Two-time Grand Slam singles champion Simona Halep criticized Caroline Wozniacki for her comments on players who test positive for doping receiving wildcards. Wozniacki stated her belief that those who cheat should not be awarded wildcards, indirectly referring to the wildcard given to Halep at the Miami Open.

Halep, who recently returned to the WTA Tour after an 18-month absence, lost in the opening round at the Miami Open to Paula Badosa. Wozniacki expressed her opinion on doping in a post-match press conference, emphasizing her stance on fair competition and clean sport. She stated, “If someone purposely cheats, if someone has tested positive for doping, I don’t think people should be awarded wildcards.”

In response to Wozniacki’s comments, Halep defended herself, clarifying that she did not cheat or dope. She referenced the decision by CAS, which revealed that her positive test was due to a contaminated supplement, not intentional doping. Halep expressed gratitude to the tournament for giving her a wildcard and focused on the support she receives from others despite Wozniacki’s criticism.

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The 32-year-old Romanian player was initially handed a four-year ban for testing positive for roxadustat, an anti-anaemia drug. However, her ban was reduced to nine months by CAS, allowing her to make a comeback to the WTA tour. Halep’s case highlights the complexities surrounding doping in sports and the impact it has on players returning to competition.

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