Fri, 06 Dec 2019

Paris - Anna Tatishvili, who was stripped of her entire €46 000 prize money at Roland Garros for "not playing at a professional standard", has had her punishment overturned, the player announced on Friday.

tweeted 29-year-old Georgia-born Tatishvili.

Tatishvili returned to competition at the French Open last month following a 31-month absence caused by a serious ankle injury and multiple surgeries.

Appearing in Paris with a protected ranking, she lost her first-round match to Greece's 33rd-ranked Maria Sakkari, 6-0, 6-1 in just 55 minutes.

Officials then stripped her of her prize money, claiming Tatishvili failed to play at a "professional standard".

Tatishvili appealed against "the unfair and discriminatory sanction", pointing out that a male player who competed in qualifying at the French Open, also under a protected ranking, lost in 43 minutes but was not sanctioned.

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