Simona Halep will be at the WTA Finals for the sixth year running.
The Wimbledon champion has had a difficult couple of weeks which recently forced the Romanian to retire in Wuhan but did head straight to Beijing.
Halep’s run in Beijing didn’t last long. One win 6-1 6-1 against Rebecca Peterson and on Monday a 2-6 3-6 defeat to Ekaterina Alexandrova.
Even if Halep wouldn’t have turned up in Beijing with time on her side she would have qualified anyway so aggrevating this back injury.
Following her defeat in Beijing the Wimbledon champion has said;
“It was a tough one today. I didn’t recover well after my first match, so it was very tough for me to play and she played really well,”
“The injury from Wuhan, it’s getting worse, so I have to go home and take an MRI…take a break and do some treatment.”
This injury has all but ended her season before the tour finals in Shenzhen which Halep missed last season as well injured.
I was slightly confused to see Halep head down to Beijing following that Wuhan retirement as in all honesty she wasn’t going to pull up any trees in Beijing.
Simona will head home to Constanta now where more tests and scans will be done on her back to see how bad this injury is.
Simona Halep will be praying for her season to end in Shenzhen having not done too well at the season ending championships in her last three appearances winning just 2 of her 9 matches and not making it out of the group stage.