World No 2 Simona Halep pulls OUT of US Open attributable to security issues amid Covid-19 pandemic as Wimbledon champion turns into SIXTH high 10 participant to choose out of Grand Slam in New York
- Simona Halep grew to become the most recent high 10 WTA participant to choose out of the US Open
- World No 1 Ash Barty had already cited security issues for her omission
- Halep, world No 2, mentioned ‘distinctive circumstances’ will see her keep in Europe
- Simply 4 of the highest 10 will play within the girls’s draw at Flushing Meadows
- On the mens facet, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have withdrawn participation
World No 2 Simona Halep has develop into the sixth Prime 10 girls’s participant to drag out of the US Open attributable to issues for her security amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In a collection of tweets posted on Monday, Halep, who received the Prague Open over the weekend by beating Elise Mertens, defined that she felt uncomfortable travelling to New York presently and can as a substitute proceed coaching in Europe.
Halep wrote: ‘After weighing up all of the components concerned and with the distinctive circumstances by which we live, I’ve determined that I can’t journey to New York to play the @usopen.
Simona Halep has determined to choose out of competing on the US Open in New York subsequent month
Explaining her determination on Twitter, she mentioned she ‘would put well being on the coronary heart of my determination’
Halep will keep and prepare in Europe as she turns into the sixth high 10 participant to withdraw
‘I at all times mentioned I’d put my well being on the coronary heart of my determination and I subsequently favor to remain and prepare in Europe.
‘I do know the @usta and @WTA have labored tirelessly to placed on a protected occasion and I want everybody there a profitable match.’
Halep joins world No 1 Ash Barty, world No 5 Elina Svitolina, defending champion and world No 6 Bianca Andreescu, world No 7 Bertens and world No eight Belinda Bencic in asserting she is going to play no half on the Flushing Meadows Grand Slam.
Serena Williams, at present world No 9, is one in every of 4 Prime 10 WTA gamers going to the Slam
Karolina Pliskova, Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are the one WTA Prime 10 gamers dedicated to the occasion this time spherical following a flurry of withdrawals.
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Defending champion Bianca Andreescu, who beat Williams, is not going to defend her championship