Lausanne - Past French Open finalist Sara Errani's doping
suspension has been increased from two months to 10 months by the Court of
Arbitration for Sport.
CAS announced on Monday its rulings on appeals by Errani and
Italy's national anti-doping agency, which asked for up to a two-year
The 31-year-old Italian tested positive for the banned
substance letrozole in an out-of-competition drug test at her family home in
February 2017. Errani was told about the result in April 2017, but decided to
continue competing with the hope of winning on appeal.
Her original two-month ban was served from August to October
2017. That period will count toward her new 10-month suspension.
CAS ruled that the letrozole came from medicine taken by
Errani's mother "that found its way into the family meal prepared by the
athlete's mother and eaten by the entire family, including the athlete" in
February 2017. But the court said Errani needed to be more careful and that her
mother's fault "is imputed to her."
Errani lost the 2012 final at Roland Garros to Maria
Sharapova and was ranked as high as No 5 in singles the next year. Errani also
completed a career Grand Slam in doubles with Roberta Vinci.
Errani is ranked 72nd this week. She lost in the first round
of the French Open.