October 2, 2018 / 12:25 PM / 2 months ago

Tennis: Halep suffers herniated disc

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 5, 2018 Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning the second round match against China's Saisai Zheng REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge/File Photo

(Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep’s participation in this month’s WTA Finals was thrown into doubt after a scan on Tuesday revealed she had suffered a herniated disc in her back.

French Open champion Halep was injured while training at last week’s Wuhan Open, where she lost in the second round to Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova.

Romanian Halep aggravated the problem during her China Open first-round match on Sunday against Ons Jabeur and was forced to retire after losing the first set.

“I had an MRI on my back and found out I have a disc hernia,” Halep said on Twitter.

“I will discuss with doctors in the next few days but hope to be back soon and will keep you updated.”

Halep, who won her maiden Grand Slam trophy in Paris this year, became the first player to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore from Oct. 21-28.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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