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.