World number two Simona Halep could be forced to skip the WTA Finals after withdrawing from the China Open with an injury on Sunday.
Halep retired from her first round match against Lara Arruabarrena, after 51 minutes of play and when trailing 5-4, after experiencing pain in her Achilles tendon.
The Romanian told the reporters in Beijing that she hoped to recover in time for the Finals, which take place from October 25 to November 1 in Singapore.
"My first thought is to be healthy and of course every tournament is important, but the most important thing is to be okay, to feel no pain, and then I will see," the WTA website reports Halep to have said.
"I hope I can play. It was my goal this year. I will see – I need treatment and a break, for sure."
Halep went on to state that she first started feeling the pain in her two previous tournaments, but didn’t feel the need to seek treatment or take a break at the time.
“All players have small injuries during the year because we play a lot. It's just here it was getting worse,” she said.
“That's why I stopped today. I didn't think it would become like this. I just don't feel well with my tendon right now."
"I thought that it was getting better and I could play, but no – I don't want to force it. And it's a tough injury because it's always dangerous to continue with the tendon, so, I hope to just recover and be healthy again soon.