Cape Town - Simona Halep is listed
as the top seed for this week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow, but injury may derail
The world number one began the Asian Swing in at
the China Open but was forced to withdraw in the opening round with a back
injury. Later, an MRI revealed she has a herniated disc.
"I hope first to be able to play here [in
Moscow] because...I have already 3-4 days getting ready for this
tournament," Halep told USA Today.
"But if I will
not be able to play here, I'm very doubtful that I will be able to play in Singapore
because it's very fast. So I don't know now, but for sure I will take a
decision for my health first."
Romanian has enjoyed a breakthrough season, reaching the Australian Open final
and finally getting the grand slam monkey off her back by winning the maiden
slam at the French Open.
Halep revealed she
will she and her doctor will have to make a decision within the next 72 hours.
"I haven't practiced 100 percent yet but
today, tomorrow, I will do close to 100 and I will be able to know better the
next day," she continued.
"The doctor told me it's nothing about the
surgery, but if I will keep playing there is a risk of long-term injury. I
don't need that and I don't want that, so I have to make good decisions in the
next days. "It's been very stressful, and I was worried every day because
I was waiting to see how I feel every morning I wake up. So it's pretty
stressful but somehow it's normal because injuries are pretty normal when you
play at the highest level. So I try just to keep myself calm and to be
positive. I know it's not an easy injury. The back is always difficult, but I
have to accept it and to look forward."