Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Ranked Halep out of WTA Finals with Back Injury

Ranked Halep out of WTA Finals with Back Injury

World number 1 and reigning Roland Garros champion Simona Halep has not been able to recover from a back injury that has been bothering her for more than a month and she chose to withdraw from the upcoming WTA Finals. To play with the big tournaments are always hard.

Halep has already guaranteed she will finish the year on top of the rankings after a season that brought her a maiden grand slam title at the French Open.

On Wednesday, Halep had announced her withdrawal from the Kremlin Cup with a herniated disc that she suffered during the Wuhan Open earlier this month and that increased the doubts over her participation in the WTA Finals. "I haven't been training the last four weeks and are not ready to play at this level", - explained the decision of the Romanian tennis player. I didn't practice for the last four weeks. "So I am definitely sad to see it go, but at the same time, it's had any wonderful run and the five years, I think they have done an incredible job". "It's not easy to go on court and compete at this moment".

Wozniacki also admitted that she will be sad to see the WTA Finals depart Singapore after a five-year run in Southeast Asia when the tournament shifts to Shenzhen in China from 2019.

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Defeat the Czechs ensures Elina Swelly a ticket to the WTA Finals in 2018, which will be held in Singapore from 21 to 28 October this year. So he was more sure than me that we had to pull out.

The 26-year-old will be 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.

Elina Svitolina won all three of her finals on the WTA circuit in the 2018 season. The other players who will be competing for the US$7 million (S$9.6 million) prize money are: Simon Halep, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Sloane Stephens.

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