World number one Simona Halep withdraws from WTA Finals in Singapore

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It is unfortunate that such an impressive season for Halep had to end in such unfortunate circumstances - a year which saw her grab her first maiden Major title, before consolidating her top spot in the rankings and ending the year as the world number one yet again. "So it was a tough decision but it's better for my health", WTA quoted Halep, as saying.

Halep withdrew from the Kremlin Cup this week as she continues to be troubled by the injury and is taking no risks.

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".

As Singapore's five-year association with the multi-million dollar WTA Finals reaches its final leg from Sunday until October 28, exciting times are ahead for boys and girls from the Asia-Pacific region to be part of the popular prelude that is the WTA Future Stars. Actually, I think it's the first time in my life. Sadly, my back injury hasn't healed the way we hoped it would and I need to put my long-term health first.

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Place Halep in the Final of the tournament will get the first racket of the Netherlands Kiki, Bertens, and the first alternate will be the Belarusian Arina Sobolenko or representative Anastasia Sevastova of Latvia. She said, "I have such great memories from playing in Singapore in 2016 and 2017, and I can't wait to close out the year competing against the other elite players of 2018".

The duo's qualifications mean that the field is set for the singles competition at the WTA Finals, the final edition to be held in Singapore.

The eight players present at this year's WTA Finals are Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova, and Kiki Bertens. The 24-year-old world No. 6 has been a model of consistency this season, winning all three of her final appearances in the Brisbane International in January, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in February and the Rome Open in May.

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