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Simona Halep won't be undergoing back surgery as she confirms intention to play WTA Finals Singapore

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 7 Oct 2018
  • Halep set to play season-ending WTA Finals Singapore
  • World No. 1 says she won't undergo back surgery
Simona Halep (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)

Simona Halep has declared she will ‘definitely’ compete at the upcoming season-ending WTA Finals Singapore as she continues to manage a back injury.

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World No. 1 Halep has confirmed that she will participate at the WTA Finals Singapore later this month - the coveted season-ending tournament reserved for the year’s best eight players.

Halep hasn’t won a match since the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati in August, losing in the first round of the U.S. Open and Wuhan before retiring while trailing Ons Jabeur 1-6 in her opening match in Beijing last week.

The Romanian took to social media this week to say that she underwent an MRI on her back, with scans revealing a herniated disc. At the time she was uncertain of when she would be able to return to action, but Halep told a local Romanian publication that the injury isn’t as serious as first thought.

"I feel pretty ok now. Of course I was worried, but I did a MRI and now I know precisely what's going on. I had back problems in the past, but now it's a bit more than before," Halep said.
"I will work on my recovery, doing treatment, physiotherapy, that's it, nothing else. I hope to be ready to play tournaments. I think I will have a break for another week, off-court, without tennis, then I will slowly come back.
"I was worried at the beginning, because I did not know what I had, but after I did the MRI and talked to the doctors I can say I relaxed. Of course there is a risk, any injury involves a risk, but it's not such a big risk. There is no danger of something very serious happening."

Halep also squashed rumours that she would need to undergo surgery and confirmed her intention to compete at the WTA Finals - a tournament she’s never won, with her best result being a runner-up finish to Serena Williams in 2014.

"I talked with my team, with my relatives and we decided to play. It doesn't matter what the people are saying. It does not affect me at all at this moment," she added.
"Everything that I understand it was said, that I'm doing cortisone injections or I'm going to have a surgery, is false. It is very hard to give up, to abandon matches, of course, and this year has not happened very often.
"That's why I'm going to keep my confidence high and we'll see what's going to happen in the future. I'm definitely going to the WTA Finals. The most important thing is health, but there is no question of surgery."

The WTA Finals Singapore begins on October 21.


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