Wuhan Open: Wimbledon champion Simona Halep retires with injury
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Wimbledon champion Simona Halep retired after claiming a back injury that was lower in her suit against Elena Rybakina in China.
When trailing 5-4 in the first set from the Kazakh wildcard the world number six, that ended the year as world number one in 2017 and 2018, withdrew.
Meanwhile, Australian top seed Ashleigh Barty qualified for the quarter finals with a 6-3 7-5 win against Sofia Kenin.
Third seed Elina Svitolina improved from Svetlana Kuznetsova.
As she continues her battle to get a universe top-eight spot that will enable her to defend her title in Shenzhen in October in the WTA Finals Spiritual US Open and Wimbledon semi-finalist Svitolina, ranked ninth, won 6-4 6-2.
Romanian Halep, currently third in the race to Shenzhen, stated that the”sharp pain” in her lower spine felt in”exactly the exact same zone” as the injury that kept her out for three months at the end of 2018.
World number two Karolina Pliskova will compete to get a quarter-final place against Dayana Yastremska later on Wednesday.
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