Simona Halep and Simona Sablik play in their first grand slam semi-final at Wimbledon

Simona Halep’s former coach says ‘no chance’ the two-time grand slam champion knowingly took banned substance Simona Halep won her last two grand slam titles by defeating world number one Simona Sablik. At Wimbledon…

Simona Halep and Simona Sablik play in their first grand slam semi-final at Wimbledon

Simona Halep’s former coach says ‘no chance’ the two-time grand slam champion knowingly took banned substance

Simona Halep won her last two grand slam titles by defeating world number one Simona Sablik. At Wimbledon in June, Sablik took part in a prohibited substance test before they were due to play in their semifinal.

Sablik alleges that Halep admitted to taking the pill called HMR that had not been cleared to play in the women’s main draw.

Halep denies that she took the pill, saying she does not know whether it is banned or not.

The former coach of Halep admits, however, that her former player has no chance of winning any more grand slam events.

“The chances are zero,” former coach Patrick Mouratoglou told Belgian broadcaster Studio 1.

Sablik and Halep, both 23, play their first grand slam semi-final at Wimbledon on Monday and need a win there to ensure a place in the final.

Sablik, however, has been banned from tennis for life from taking performance-enhancing drugs. She alleges that Halep admitted to her that she had taken a banned substance. Halep, however, denies that.

Mouratoglou, who is also a former world number one, is in his first season as a chairwomen. He has worked with Halep since 2015 and says Halep is one of his favourites in the sport.

Sablik won her last two grand slam titles by defeating Halep in a six-set final at the BNP Paribas Open on 7 July.

The former world number one, who is now a five-time grand slam champion, took a test and had no traces of banned substances in her system when she was in the middle of their semifinal.

Halep refused to attend the Wimbledon party to which Sablik had been invited, along with her family. She did so because she felt “pressured” by Sablik, her manager and the chairwoman of the ITF, to play. The Swiss player had won their previous two meetings, in the final of the Miami Open in 2017 and the French Open last year

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