World number one Simona Halep forced out of China Open with injury

Michael Graham
Simona Halep dejected

World number one Simona Halep is out of the China Open after injury forced her to quit her first round match against Ons Jabeur.

The 27-year-old was outclassed in the first set, which she lost 1-6 to the Tunisian, before deciding to quit in obvious pain.

“There is pain, I couldn’t move properly,” said Halep after the match.

“I’m very worried now”, she added of the injury that also forced her out of Wuhan last week.

“Treatments done since last week helped to heal the back muscle but now I started to feel yesterday in the bones. I feel sad that I couldn’t finish.”

“I was motivated. I was ready to push myself to finish this year stronger than last year.”

Defending champion Caroline Garcia had better luck, though, beating China’s Wang Yafan 7-6 (12-10) 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 to reach the second round.

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