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Sesil claims she never took drugs, never had trial, never said she was pregnant

Sesil Karatantcheva: I Am Innocent

"I am innocent and I have never talked to judges in London," Sesil Karatantcheva told local Gong radio asked to comment French press reports she had produced a positive doping test.

The 16-aged hopeful of Bulgarian tennis expressed her shock and disappointment with "the false reports of the French".

She suggested the news of having proven positive in banned steroid neandrolone was a kind of interpretation by the French L'Equipe. "The Frenchmen have never liked me," she added.

She refused also the reports claiming she had talked to an ITF judge-panel in London last week to give explanation.

The news of Karatantcheva - Roland-Garros junior winner in 20054 - has gone round the globe hitting all the European headlines. Seen as a promising star in tennis, world media have refrained from commenting just reproducing the news circulated by French newspaper L'Equipe.

To impose a sanction, it is obligatory first to prove that the neandrolone was used intentionally, Bulgarian news agency noted.

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I'm not sure if someone has posted this yet, but I'm reading such bad stuff about Selis, and she is basically saying none of what was posted in L'equipe was true at all.
This is from a Bulgarian newspaper, quotes from Sesil herself.

ETA: I'm not a fan of Sesil's but give her a chance. It looks like L'equipe just made the whole thing up.

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Bulgarian teenager denies drugs claim
By Mark Hodgkinson
(Filed: 21/12/2005)

Sesil Karatantcheva, the Bulgarian teenager who was a quarter-finalist at this year's French Open, has strongly denied allegations in yesterday's editions of L'Equipe, the French sports newspaper, that she failed a drugs test during the Roland Garros fortnight.

The paper has reported that the 16-year-old, who would have been just 15 at the time of the alleged test, had traces of nandrolone, a banned steroid, in a urine sample given after her quarter-final defeat by the Russian, Elena Likhovtseva. It has also been claimed that she attended a hearing held by the International Tennis Federation in London last week and is facing a two-year suspension.

L'Equipe has reported that Karatantcheva defended herself at the hearing by claiming that the raised level of nandrolone in her urine sample was because she was unknowingly pregnant when she was tested, and that she said that she later had a miscarriage. But the paper's report said that a pregnancy test carried out by a French laboratory on her urine sample proved negative.

Karatantcheva, a top-40 player, said that she had not been informed of a positive dope test, and denied that she had appeared at an ITF drugs hearing. "I am shocked. I have not appeared before any ITF judges," she said.

Unconfirmed rumours had been circulating in the sport for some weeks that a woman had tested positive for a banned substance during the French Open. A spokesman for the ITF could not confirm or deny that there was a case against Karatantcheva, but if the reports prove correct it is understood that she would become the first woman in the sport's recent history to commit a serious doping offence.

Karatantcheva has already made a considerable impact on the tour. 'Special K', as she is known, is certainly not lacking in confidence. She came to prominence at this year's French Open by defeating Venus Williams in the third round.

The Bulgarian Tennis Federation said that they had not been contacted about a failed drugs test. "We had no information until today about any positive doping test for Karatantcheva," they said. "The federation want to express their support for her. We sincerely hope that the French newspaper report will not be confirmed."

L'Equipe alleged in October that Argentina's Mariano Puerta, the men's finalist in Paris, tested positive for a banned stimulant after his defeat by Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

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It looks like L'equipe just made the whole thing up.
It does?
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Wasn´t there a thread about this thing already ???
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Well I mean Sesil is saying she never went to a trial or that she was pregnant or anything. What other explaination would there be other than L'equipe created the story. I doubt Sesil would lie on Bulgarian Radio if it were true, especially if she was trying to get people to believe her "story".

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Well I mean Sesil is saying she never went to a trial or that she was pregnant or anything. What other explaination would there be other than L'equipe created the story. I doubt Sesil would lie on Bulgarian Radio if it were true, especially if she was trying to get people to believe her "story".
i'm not taking anyone's side. but why would a french newspaper cook up all this story about sesil? face it, she's nowhere in the league of a "star". had they wanted to cook things up, there are so many people they could have used that would make the story much more sensational
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Well there was meant to be a female player who tested positive at the French Open.
Sesil made the Quarters of the French pretty much out of nowhere (she hadn't had fantastic results) and beat Venus. Seems like she would be the obvious choice if they had to create a drug drama.

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"The Frenchmen have never liked me," she added.

She meant French People It's the speech of Armstrong

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Well there was meant to be a female player who tested positive at the French Open.
Sesil made the Quarters of the French pretty much out of nowhere (she hadn't had fantastic results) and beat Venus. Seems like she would be the obvious choice if they had to create a drug drama.
why not ana ivanovic who also came out of nowhere to reach the quarters also? and she did beat their french favorite, amelie. the choice is not OBVIOUS at all.

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why not ana ivanovic who also came out of nowhere to reach the quarters also? and she did beat their french favorite, amelie. the choice is not OBVIOUS at all.
I'm sorry ... it is ONE of the obvious choices.

It seems to me people WANT to believe Sesil is guilty.
I can't see why she would ever say she didn't have a trial if she actually did. There is nothing to be gained there. It is natural for her to deny taking drugs yes, but deny having a trial when she really did? That would be stupid, it would totally take away any chance of the ITF believing her story about being pregnant (if that is true). I just cannot see that happening.
How come L'equipe is the only paper with that info? All other reports claim that "according to L'equipe" or similar comments.
Give the girl the benefit of the doubt before having a go at her, it looks to me like she didn't do anything, at least not yet.

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French Open-05 I believe was her first tour level clay tournament plus reaching the final of 3 out of 4 ITF clay tournaments in career. L'Equipe definitely has a lot of motive.
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I'm sorry ... it is ONE of the obvious choices.
nope it isnt. other than ivanovic, wouldnt using say, JHH or maria sharapova would have made much more sensational stories?
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French Open-05 I believe was her first tour level clay tournament plus reaching the final of 3 out of 4 ITF clay tournaments in career. L'Equipe definitely has a lot of motive.
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nope it isnt. other than ivanovic, wouldnt using say, JHH or maria sharapova would have made much more sensational stories?
Well of course they would make sensational stories, they'd also be sued for millions considering how popular they are. They are also though both top players, Sesil came out of nowhere to get to the Quarters, I would think that if they were guessing which players might have taken drugs they'd choose Sesil.

So tell me if Sesil did take the drugs and go to the trial, why would she deny the very story that she is hoping the ITF believes so that she won't get banned? She has basically said she was never pregnant. If it were true she is using that excuse for the ITF then she has no chance now she has denied it.

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