In a post on Facebook, Simona Halep, the current WTA #1 announced she has a disk hernia and will discuss with doctors what is the best option at this moment. Halep withdrew from the last two tournaments, accusing back pain. Following an MRI, it was discovered that the athlete suffered from herniated disc. Most likely, Halep will no longer play at the WTA Finals in Singapore.
Halep dropped out on Sunday in the first round of the WTA tournament in Beijing, after Ons Jabeur (Tunisia) won the first set, 6-1.
The Romanian, affected by back pain, gave up after 32 minutes of play. Simona Halep was last year’s finalist in Beijing, her performance helping her to take first place in the WTA rankings. Halep reached four consecutive defeats after losing the Cincinnati final, the first round at the US Open and the second round in Wuhan.
Halep was scheduled to play at the Moscow tournament (15-21 October), for which she had requested a wild card, and the Tournament of the Champions, but it is unlikely that she will be able to play.
Disk hernia is a very serious medical problem, which often ends in surgery. The post-surgery outcome is not always positive and people with a operated herniated disc are usually not allowed to do any serious physical effort.