Anti-doping agency wants Errani ban extended
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Italy's anti-doping agency is appealing to lengthen the two-month ban handed to former French Open finalist Sara Errani.
NADO Italia -- which operates independently from the Italian Olympic Committee -- filed a "statement of appeal" with the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, without specifying how long of a ban it is seeking.
Errani blamed food contamination from her mother's breast cancer medication after testing positive for the banned substance letrozole in a test taken in February.
An International Tennis Federation adjudication panel ruled that Errani's fault was "at the lower end of the scale."
The 30-year-old Errani was informed of the test results on April 28.
Errani's ban expires on Oct. 2, precluding her from playing at the US Open.