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Simona Halep Retires Due To Injury At Wuhan Open

Wimbledon champion Simona Halep was forced to retire from the Wuhan Open with a lower back problem.

Simona Halep is a two-time Grand Slam champion. Twitter

Simona Halep revealed a back injury led to her retirement against Elena Rybakina in the Wuhan Open third round on Wednesday (September 25). 

The Romanian World No. 6 was trailing the wildcard 5-4 when she retired at the WTA Premier event. (TENNIS NEWS

Halep, who suffered a back injury late last year, said she felt pain during the ninth game of the match.

"It's a lower back [injury]. I think it's more muscle, but I don't know yet because I didn't check it properly," she told reporters, via the WTA.

"[At] 4-4, 0-30, with the backhand. I had a sharp pain.

"I don't know yet [if it's the same as the previous injury]. It looks a little bit different but it's still the same zone."

Halep has enjoyed a fine 2019 season, including winning the Wimbledon title in July.

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