Simona Halep’s withdrawal follows her Australian Open quarter-final loss to Serena Williams.© UKTN
World quantity three Simona Halep has pulled out of subsequent week’s Qatar Open, organisers of the WTA occasion introduced on Tuesday. The Romanian’s withdrawal follows her Australian Open quarter-final loss to Serena Williams. “Sadly I’ve determined to withdraw, I can not wait to be again in Doha subsequent yr,” organisers quoted her as saying on Instagram.
She gave no motive for her absence from the March 1-6 event.
With Halep lacking the highest seeds in Qatar are world primary Ashleigh Barty, and Sofia Kenin, fourth on the planet and winner of the Australian Open in 2020.
At Melbourne Halep, 29, was thwarted by Williams in her bid for a maiden triumph on the yr’s opening Grand Slam after falling brief to Caroline Wozniacki within the 2018 decider, and shedding in straight units to Garbine Muguruza in final yr’s semi-finals.
The 2018 French Open champion and 2019 Wimbledon winner’s seven-year streak within the prime 10 is the longest lively run amongst ladies.
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