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Wuhan Open: Wimbledon champion Simona Halep retires with injury

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After maintaining a back injury within her suit against Elena Rybakina at China wimbledon champion Simona Halep retired from the Wuhan Open.
The world number six, that finished the year in 2018 and 2017, withdrew when trailing 5-4 in the first place against the Kazakh wildcard.
Meanwhile, Australian high seed Ashleigh Barty qualified for the quarter finals with a 6-3 7-5 win from Sofia Kenin.
Third seed Elina Svitolina also improved against Svetlana Kuznetsova.
As she continues her battle for a planet top-eight place that will permit her to defend her title at Shenzhen in October in the WTA Finals US Open and Wimbledon semi-finalist Svitolina, ranked ninth, won 6-4 6-2.
Romanian Halep, now third in the race to Shenzhen, said that the”sharp pain” in her lower back felt in”exactly the same zone” as the injury which kept her out to 3 months at the end of 2018.
World number two Karolina Pliskova will compete to get a place against Dayana Yastremska later on Wednesday.
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