Tennis: Simona Halep withdraws from WTA FinalsLast updated on Oct 18, 2018, 07:55 pm
World number one, Simona Halep has withdrawn from next week's WTA Finals.
A lower back injury is forcing her to miss out on the year-ending mega spectacle.
Halep, who won the French Open this year, is sitting atop the women's rankings comfortably.
Women's world number 10 Kiki Bertens takes Halep's place in the coveted event.
Here's more on the same.
Halep sad on missing out
Halep suffered injury last month
Halep hasn't practised in the last four weeks.
The Romanian ace sustained a herniated disc while being involved in a training session before last month's Wuhan Open.
Halep, who has been a regular at the WTA Finals stated that, "It's always difficult to withdraw from a big tournament. So it was a tough decision but it's better for my health."
Back injury sees Halep miss out on game time
2018 has been incredible for the tennis star. She is set to finish as the number one for the second year in a row.
Halep missed out on the ongoing Kremlin Cup in Moscow as well.
She lost to Cibulkova in the second round of the Wuhan Open after the injury.
She also withdrew in the first round of the China Open
Bertens joins a coveted list of players
Kiki will get to compete at the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.
The tournament begins on October 21.
The 26-year-old joins the likes of Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina in the singles event.
The eight players are slated to be split into two round-robin groups.
The group-winners and runners-up will reach the semi-finals