Posted November 11, 2013 on AP on Fox

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22: Samuel Groth and Jarmila Groth of Australia celebrate winning a point in their first round mixed doubles match against Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain and Michal Mertinak of Slovakia during day five of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
Spanish tennis player Nuria Llagostera Vives was suspended for two years on Monday after testing positive for methamphetamine last summer at a California tournament. Her ban expires Sept. 7, 2015, the International Tennis Federation said. The 33-year-old Llagostera Vives now plays only doubles; her singles ranking reached No. 35 in 2005. She was to have played doubles with Francesca Schiavone at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif., in July, but withdrew because the Italian was not well, the ITF said. Llagostera Vives was still randomly selected for testing and could not explain how the drug entered her system, according to a ruling by the ITF's independent tribunal that the governing body published. The day before the doping control, Llagostera Vives visited San Francisco but said she had ''only consumed a bottle of water'' while there, the ruling stated. ITF expert witness Christiane Ayotte said the banned substance ''was and is available only as a street drug (cr...
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