Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Simona Halep withdraws from WTA Finals with back injury

Top-ranked Simona Halep withdraws from WTA Finals No Williams, no Halep, but end-of-year showpiece looks no less compelling
Sidney Guerrero | 21 October, 2018, 22:43

Romania's world number one, Simona Halep has withdrawn from next week's WTA Finals due to a lower back injury.

But she was forced to retire from her first-round match at the China Open and withdraw from the Kremlin Cup, with a subsequent MRI scan revealing a herniated disc problem. To play with the big tournaments are always hard. "Now I will have enough time to prepare for the off-season and be ready for next year", added Halep. So it was a tough decision but it's better for my health.

"My back is not ok". "This is the last tournament of the year and I am really excited. It's not easy to go on court and compete at this moment".

Place Halep in the Final of the tournament will get the first racket of the Netherlands Kiki, Bertens, and the first alternate will be the Belarusian Arina Sobolenko or representative Anastasia Sevastova of Latvia.

Halep broke her grand slam duck in 2018, winning her first major title at the French Open in June, after twice finishing runner-up at Roland Garros and once at the Australian Open.

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"Unfortunately, after much discussion with my team and doctors, I have made the decision to withdraw", said Halep.

Halep, 27, said she had hoped to compete at the season finale in Singapore, which starts on Sunday, but that she had taken the "tough" decision to put her health first. So he was more sure than me that we had to pull out.

Despite withdrawing from Singapore, Halep is guaranteed to end 2018 as world number one for the second year in a row. The 26-year-old will be the first Dutchwoman to compete at the season-ending showpiece in more than 20 years, since Brenda Schultz-McCarthy lost in the first round in 1997, reported the news agency.

The White Group will feature defending WTA Finals champion Caroline Wozniacki, 2011 victor Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova.

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