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Ranked Simona Halep withdraws from WTA Finals

22 October 2018

Said the 26-year-old Dutchwoman: "I'm very happy with my season and to finish it off at the WTA Finals is the ultimate prize".

Do not expect, however, that this season-ending showpiece will be a damp squib as a result.

"It s always hard to withdraw from a big tournament", said the Romanian, who sustained the injury in Wuhan last month. The compelling eight-player field could well make for one of the best tournaments of this year.

"I need to take a break and do exercises three or four weeks, and then all will be well".

Her statement of withdrawal reads: "I'm not ready to compete at this level and I'm still sore, I didn't practise for the last four weeks". From the start of the season, everyone wants to be here.

As there was nothing much to choose between her and Nhaem Srey Noch, the federation had to conduct a playoff between the two Siem Reap-based players. "Obviously, winning here a year ago was very special and I am looking forward to giving it another try, and I am excited for the challenge".

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Bertens, who made the cut following Halep's injury, will make her debut at the WTA Finals.

"Yeah I will definitely be sad to see it go".

"Singapore is a special city and I'm sure the fans will enjoy seeing some fantastic women's tennis this week".

"I have great memories from reaching the doubles final". We love coming back here, year after year. Think this is the first time in my life.

Wozniacki will be the top-ranked player in Singapore this year after world number one Simona Halep, who the Dane beat to claim the Australian Open title, withdrew through a back injury on Thursday.

The other singles players who will be doing battle for a US$7-million (S$9.6m) prize purse here are Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, US Open victor Naomi Osaka, Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina.

Ranked Simona Halep withdraws from WTA Finals