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Qatar Total Open: Halep defeats Bellis, but withdraws due to foot injury

World No.2 Simona Halep withdrew from the Qatar Total Open late Friday evening due to a right foot injury.

The Romanian also announced that she will not compete in next week’s Dubai Tennis Championships, where she was slated to be the top seed, wtatennis.com informs.

She joins Maria Sharapova and Madison Keys in withdrawing from next week’s Premier event.

“Definitely until Indian Wells I will not play anything. I will decide before the tournament if I will be able to play,” she said.

“For the moment I cannot say much. I have to take day by day and to see if I can recover until Indian Wells.”

Due to Halep’s withdrawal, No.4 seed Garbiñe Muguruza earns a place in Sunday’s final.

“It’s tough to withdraw in the semis. I think it’s first time when I do this. It’s a great tournament, beautiful place. I play great tennis, so it’s very tough to stop because of the injury,” Halep added.

“I have to, and I pushed enough myself this two months so I have just to take it easy. I withdraw because I cannot play anymore and it’s going to be dangerous if I force it,” she said.

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