Barbora Strycova banned six months for doping

Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová

Barbora Strycova tested positive for sibutramine, a banned stimulant, in Luxembourg on October 16. She has been given a back-dated six-month ban and will be eligible to play again on April.

She claimed the stimulant had entered her system via weight-loss supplement ACAI Berry Thin and denied any intent to enhance her performance.

Strycova has won one WTA singles and 17 doubles titles since turning professional in 2003. She has reached the third round at all four Grand Slam tournaments and achieved her best ranking of 39 in July 2010.

I wonder why:
– they needed more than 3 months to announce the ban
– there is no mention of the ban on the official site of the WTA

Current doping bans:
– Filippo Calorosi (Ita)
– Dimitar Kutrovsky (Bul)
– Ryan Newport (USA)
– Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Cze)

As you can see a bunch of nobodys. Time to clean up tennis for real!

Photo by Tennis Buzz (Open GDF Suez 2011)

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