Tennis: Halep withdraws, Collins retires at Linz semi-finals

Romania's Simona Halep reacts after winning against Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich during their Linz match on Nov 9, 2021.
Romania's Simona Halep reacts after winning against Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich during their Linz match on Nov 9, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

LINZ, AUSTRIA (AFP) - Two-time Grand Slam title winner Simona Halep withdrew from her WTA Linz semi-final with a knee injury on Thursday (Nov 11) while Danielle Collins retired after one set of her last-four clash.

As a result, Alison Riske of the United States will face Romanian lucky loser Jacqueline Cristian, ranked 100, in Friday's final.

Second seed Halep suffered a left knee injury in her quarter-final victory on Wednesday over Jasmine Paolini.

"Unfortunately, I am not able to play in my semi-final this evening after injuring my knee in my match yesterday," Halep said in a statement.

"I would do anything to be able to play, but it is swollen and painful and playing will only make it worse."

In the other semi-final, Collins dropped the first set to American compatriot Riske before retiring with an injured right shoulder.