Tennis: Halep abandons Toronto final

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No.2-seeded Romanian tennis player Simona Halep on Sunday abandoned the final of Rogers Cup in Toronto to Swiss Belinda Bencic 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 3-0. After two and a half hours, Halep succumbed to medical problems.

After the final, Halep said she regrets she couldn’t play until the end of the game, but added that it would be impossible for her to go on.

She congratulated Belinda Bencic for having a great week and for a winning a very important title. “I am sorry I couldn’t play up to the end. It was not possible to go on. Thank you all for coming to see me,” Simona said.

During the match, the Romanian resorted to the medical staff’s interventions several times for a left leg injury, but also due to a general bad condition, ‘heat illness” as reported.

According to the same source, Bencic now has two WTA titles, having won the Premier-level grass court event in Eastbourne in June.

She’s the first teenager to win an event at the Premier 5 level or higher since Victoria Azarenka at Miami in 2009. She’s also the first unseeded player to beat the Top 2 seeds at an event at the Premier level or higher since Justine Henin at Charleston in 2005. The Swiss is also projected to rise from No.20 to No.12 when the new WTA Rankings are released.


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