Tennis: World No. 1 Simona Halep pulls out of Kremlin Cup and could miss WTA Finals in Singapore

World No. 1 Simona Halep's appearance in Moscow and the WTA Finals had been in doubt when she withdrew from Beijing on Oct 2, 2018, and was diagnosed with a herniated disk.
World No. 1 Simona Halep's appearance in Moscow and the WTA Finals had been in doubt when she withdrew from Beijing on Oct 2, 2018, and was diagnosed with a herniated disk.PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Romania's world No. 1 tennis player Simona Halep on Tuesday (Oct 16) withdrew from the Kremlin Cup, a joint WTA and ATP event, due to concerns over an ongoing back injury.

"I tried everything I could to be ready here as I really wanted to play," she said. "But unfortunately the back is still causing me pain and I don't want to take any unnecessary risks."

The 27-year-old's appearance in Moscow and the WTA Finals had been in doubt when she withdrew from Beijing two weeks ago and was diagnosed with a herniated disk in her back.

Halep, who has already qualified for the WTA year-ending finals in Singapore, said she needed more time to recover completely from her back injury.

"While it's disappointing to withdraw, I know it's important to put my health first," she added.

She had said on Monday on a media conference call from Moscow: "If I can't play here, I'm very doubtful I will be able to play in Singapore because it's very close."

Halep this year played two Grand Slam finals, winning the French Open crown at Roland Garros, and won titles in Shenzhen and Montreal, leading the rankings for 40 weeks this year.