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Karatantcheva stripped of French Open finish

Updated: January 11, 2006, 4:55 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Sesil Karatantcheva played her first professional tennis tournament when she was 14 years old. At 16, the French Open quarterfinalist was hit with a two-year doping ban.

The Bulgarian, who beat Venus Williams in the third round at the French, was punished after twice testing positive for the steroid nandrolone, the International Tennis Federation said Wednesday.

She failed one drug test after losing at Roland Garros on May 31, then failed an out-of-competition test ...

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