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Former world number one Martina Hingis has been handed a two-year ban after being found guilty of a doping offence.
The 27-year-old Swiss star was found to have tested positive for cocaine while competing at Wimbledon last year.

The International Tennis Federation has rejected Hingis's appeal and handed out a ban starting on 1 October, 2007.

Hingis, who has since retired from the sport, has also had to forfeit ranking points and prize money from Wimbledon and any subsequent tournaments.

The five-time Grand Slam winner, who returned a positive result from a routine urine sample taken after losing to Laura Granville in the third round of the Championships, had previously insisted she was "100% innocent".

She claimed that her innocence was backed up by a negative result on a hair test, which can show whether or not someone has taken cocaine.

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What do you make of Hingis's revelation?

Last November, her agent Mario Widmer told BBC Sport: "She will be fighting this, of course. You can be clear about that."

However, a statement from the ITF said: "Following a two-day hearing in December 2007, an independent anti-doping tribunal found that a sample provided by Ms Hingis on 29 June 2007 at the Wimbledon Championships had tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine.

"The tribunal rejected the suggestion made on behalf of Ms Hingis that there were doubts about the identity and/or integrity of the sample attributed to her.

"The tribunal also rejected Ms Hingis's plea of no (or no significant) fault or negligence, on the basis that no mitigation was possible as it had not been shown how the cocaine entered her system."

Hingis, who spent three years out of the sport before returning in 2006, won 43 WTA singles titles during her career.
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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2008, 12:44 PM
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They were going to ban her anyway so we all expected that. I hope she will still take her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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Just read the judgement on Martia at http://www.itftennis.com/antidoping/...rticleid=18254

in pdf format.

It has so many holes in it you could drive a sqaudron of Challenger tanks through it.

She really should take this to court.
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post #4 of 46 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2008, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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I really hope that Martina fights to clean her name, she is innocent
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Yeah Martina don't accept this outcome, fight this. This is insane slander and will damage your reputation. Not in my eyes ofcourse because I believe you're innocent!
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damage already been done...sad end to her career....had to be taking something to have a relationship with shriek..ie stepenek
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What a kick to the stomach for Martina and her fans. I really love to watch Martina play, I'm a huge fan of her, myself.

I hope she is able to convince the ITF, based on her own negative hair test, that she is innocent.
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post #8 of 46 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 2008, 11:38 PM
 
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I read that Venus Williams was asked about Martina
in Hong Kong this week and she said that she liked
Martina and that she was a very nice girl and that
she (Venus) personally was going to give Martina the
benefit of the doubt!!!
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The thumbs up that I put on my post was meant for
Venus trying to support Martina I just put it in the
wrong place so don't take it negativly please!
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post #10 of 46 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2008, 12:08 AM
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I hope she continues to fight to clear her name

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post #11 of 46 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2008, 12:45 AM
 
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Just one thing in this moment ...


COME ON MARTINA !!!!!!

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Sharapova surprised by Hingis ban

http://ukpress.google.com/article/AL...V11mM4KOcQigzQ

Took Masha a few days to weigh in on the matter. She doesn't say if she thinks Martina is guilty or not, however.
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Beautiful !!!!
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