Simona Halep in need of rest, set to skip Fed Cup

Australian Open runner-up Simona Halep is feeling “alright”, but she is expected to miss Romania’s Fed Cup tie this coming weekend.

The world No 2 is still recovering after her marathon efforts at Melbourne Park where she was involved in several epic three-setters, including the final that she lost against Caroline Wozniacki.

Halep spent several hours in hospital after the final as she was treated for severe dehydration, and hasn’t played since.

She was expected to make her comeback for Romania during the Fed Cup tie against Canada, but is now likely to sit it out.

“I will train, enter normal schedule, but I still don’t know if I will be able to play. It is a decision we will take together with the other players and the rest of the staff,” she said.

“Physically I feel good, I am alright, at first sight. Still, I feel I still need rest.”

World No 86 Ana Bogdan is set to replace Halep while Sorana Cirstea, Irina Begu and Raluca Olaru make up the other members of the Romania squad.