Simona Halep concluded her three-day session at the Court of Arbitration for Sport concerning her doping case, and she was optimistic about the outcome.
Halep is currently absent from tennis due to a doping ban imposed last year, which saw her sidelined from the sport for four years. Given the severity of the ban and her age, it was potentially career-ending, casting a shadow over her illustrious career.
The Romanian contested the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with the case spanning several days. A three-day hearing was held, and now the fate of her career rests in the hands of the court.
The court could either uphold the original ruling, effectively bringing her career to an end or dismiss it entirely, hopefully paving the way for Halep's return to the sport.
In the meantime, Halep has been intensively practising, demonstrating her belief that 'the truth will prevail,' as she often says. Throughout the trial, she appeared confident, and although initially reluctant to comment on the hearing, she spoke to the media once it concluded.
"I can't tell you absolutely anything about what happened at the hearing, but I can say that this hearing gave me the chance to present my defense,” Halep said.
The former world number 1 was assured that her name will be cleared, and she is undoubtedly eager to make her comeback to the tennis courts and the WTA Tour as soon as possible, as are her fans.
"I want to tell you that my confidence is intact regarding the truth. I'm very confident that the truth will come out and it will be proven that I never intended to dope and I never did,” she added.
Remember, if Halep’s ban is not overturned by CAS, Halep will return to the court in 2026, by that time she will be 35.
She reached her highest No. 1 in the WTA ranking in 2017. Halep won the Wimbledon title in 2019 by beating the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the final, a year after clinching the French Open.