World No. 3 Simona Halep withdrew from the Topshelf Open on Wednesday with a shoulder injury. At 5-7, 3-2 against Annika Beck of Germany but felt a soreness in her shoulder and opted not to take any risks ahead of the season’s third Grand Slam.
Halep rallied in the opening set from 4-1 down to win it 7-5, but fell 3-2 in the second set and decided against fighting through the shoulder pain. She is confident that she will be fine by the time Wimbledon rolls around on Monday morning.
“I think it was a good match today,” she said after the match. “The injury isn’t very dangerous, but I was cold on the court and the muscle at my shoulder and rib was contracted, and the physio told me I should stop playing, because it could have gotten worse. But I will be fine for Wimbledon.”
The Romanian was one of three players who retired from matches in the women’s draw. Carla Suárez Navarro retired to Zheng Jie 7-5, 0-1 with a back injury, and Vania King handed American qualifier CoCo Vandeweghe a 6-7(6), 6-0, 2-1 victory.
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