Ranked Simona Halep withdraws from WTA Finals

Injured Simona Halep pulls out of WTA Finals

This is the first time that Bertens will appear in the WTA Finals while it was a sad ending to a fabulosus year for Halep. Simona was forced to retire against Ons Jabeur at the start of Beijing and she had to withdraw from Moscow as well this week. "I haven't been training the past four weeks, and I'm not ready to play at this level", - quotes the words Halep defeats.

Confirming the withdrawal, the 27-year-old said that it was a tough decision for her to take, but it would be better for her health. "Obviously, winning here past year was very special and I am looking forward to giving it another try, and I am excited for the challenge". Actually, I think it's the first time in my life. "I look forward to being back to compete in front of the awesome crowd". "I wanted to finish 2018 on a high after such an incredible year, but sadly my back injury hasn't healed the way we hoped it would and I need to put my long-term health first", she said.

Her decision to withdraw this year moves the Netherlands' Kiki Bertens, who is No.9 on the Porsche Race to Singapore, into the field. But despite embedding herself as a permanent fixture in the Top 5, it would be another three years before Halep would return to a Grand Slam title round - and once there, she would fall to 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko in three sets.

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"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 event attracts some of the top juniors in the U14 and U16 age groups to compete against their peers and also enjoy the opportunity to watch the world's top female players in action. Kiki Bertens joins Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Naomi Osaka, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova and Sloane Stephens at the season-ending championship worth $7m in prize money.