Italy's Errani denies using banned substance

Italy's Errani denies using banned substance

She will be free to compete again on October 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. The 29-year-old said she was not guilty, blaming her positive drugs test for letrozole on cross contamination from a medicine taken by her mother.

A urine sample taken in an out-of-competition test back in February and sent to a WADA-accredited laboratory in Canada was found to contain letrozole - on the banned list due to its qualities as a masking agent.

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Errani was informed that she had failed a drugs test on April 18th, meaning that she played during the clay court and grass court season after being informed of a potential suspension.

The five-time Grand Slam doubles champion said she is "100 percent certain" she did not ingest a Femara pill and insists she must have ingested it inadvertently through food contamination.

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An adjudication panel ruled that Errani's fault was "at the lower end of the scale", but that she should still be banned for two months from August 3.

According to the document from the disciplinary proceeding, the tribunal concluded that it was "more likely than not" that the drug "entered the Player's body by means of her mother's medication, Femara, accidentally contaminating the Player's food".

Errani, who reached the French Open final in 2012, tested positive for banned drug letrozole.

Later Monday, the U.S. Open announced Errani had officially withdrawn. From the first day I have turned pro I always followed precisely the WADA program; I never asked for any therapeutic exemption to use any banned substances, not even when needed because [I was] ill.

The former world No. 5 says her mother has been using Femara daily since 2012 "and therefore (it) is present in the house where I am now living". Contamination was possible because there had been times when pills had been dropped or spilled. "This option has been supported by a further hair test, which I voluntary underwent".