Former French Open finalist Sara Errani gets 2-month doping ban

Errani reached her pinnacle in 2012 losing to Maria Sharapova in the French Open final

Her two month ban has been back-dated to begin on August 3.

Her results between February 16th-the date her sample was collected-and June 7th, which was the date of her next drug test, are disqualified.

Letrozole was a substance used in the treatment of breast cancer, but was also on the banned drug list of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

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Errani and her mother also conducted tests to see how completely a pill could dissolve in food. Errani argued that the drug usage was inadvertent and that her mum had been taking a drug that contained letrozole since she was first diagnosed with cancer in 2005.

Errani's mother, Fulvia, appeared at a hearing between the ITF and her daughter, where she admitted to accidentally dropping Femara pills from her blister pack "onto the worktop or onto the floor" during the preparation of meals.

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"An Independent Tribunal. has found that Sara Errani committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme and, as a effect, has disqualified the affected results and imposed a period of ineligibility of two months, commencing on 3 August 2017", the ITF said.

Although an independent tribunal appointed by the International Tennis Federation accepted the explanation, they still handed out a two month ban because they could not completely ignore the tests results and said she could have done more to protect herself.

Errani at the recent French Open.

Errani has been suspended for two months for testing positive for the use of the banned substance Letrozole, which she claims that she took unknowingly. This would prove that she did not even take an entire pill's amount of the banned substance. That substance is in a medicine that my mother has taken since 2012 and is present in our home: "the only hypothesis is food contamination". "This option has been supported by a further hair test to which I voluntary underwent".

Errani has said that she is at "peace with her conscious" since she is sure that she did not ingest any banned substance on goal or with prior knowledge.

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