Sydney, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) – Simona Halep withdrew from the Sydney
International tennis event on Tuesday, citing a gastrointestinal illness.
Halep, the top seed in the tournament, won the Shenzhen Open title on Sunday
but was not fully healthy.
“During the tournament in China I got this problem in my stomach,” explained
Halep. “I was waiting until today to see if I was ready to play again, but I
feel like I cannot play. It’s tough to play a tournament like this, so
unfortunately I decided to withdraw.”
Halep, a runner-up at last year’s French Open, is expected to be ready for the
Australian Open, which starts next week.
Nicole Gibbs took Halep’s spot in the tournament as a lucky loser and was
whitewashed by Karolina Pliskova, 6-0, 6-0, in just 38 minutes.