World No.1 Simona Halep pulls out of Kremlin Cup with herniated disc

first_imgFrench Open winner Simona Halep will not be a part of Kremlin Cup in Moscow as she has still not completely recovered from a herniated disc that she suffered during the Wuhan Open earlier this month.Halep announced her withdrawal on Twitter on Tuesday, which led to further doubts on her participation in next week’s WTA Finals.Halep had sustained the injury while training for the Wuhan Open last month, where she lost in the second round. She then retired midway through her opener in Shanghai.”I really wanted to play here in Moscow, but unfortunately my back is still causing me pain and I don’t want to take any unnecessary risks,” Halep, who will still end the year as women’s world number one, tweeted on Tuesday.I really wanted to play here in Moscow, but unfortunately my back is still causing me pain and I don’t want to take any unnecessary risks.While it’s disappointing to withdraw, I know it’s important to put my health first. I wish the tournament great success pic.twitter.com/vqGiclchyDSimona Halep (@Simona_Halep) October 16, 2018″While it’s disappointing to withdraw, I know it’s important to put my health first,” the 27-year-old added.Halep had said on Monday that she would be “very doubtful” for this month’s season-ending WTA Finals if her injury prevents her from playing in Moscow.The French Open champion, who claimed her maiden Grand Slam title this year, was the first player to qualify for the Oct. 21-28 event in Singapore.advertisementHalep, on Monday, retained her number one spot in the WTA rankings. WTA announced that Halep will finish the year as women’s world number one for the second season in a row.The 27-year-old Romanian beat Sloane Stephens at Roland Garros to win her maiden Grand Slam title in June and will have spent 40 weeks at the top of the rankings by the end of the season.”Finishing the season as the world number one last year was a huge honour for me,” Halep said in a WTA news release.”To do it for a second time in 2018 feels like a special achievement, especially having also won my first Grand Slam this year.”It’s really tough to keep (the number one spot) because the pressure is every tournament… I feel like I’ve played a good level of tennis and I was consistent… consistent and strong, mentally and physically.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img