Injured Halep out of Connecticut Open

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World number one Simona Halep has pulled out of this week’s Connecticut Open with an injury, just one week ahead of the US Open.

Halep announced she was withdrawing from the Connecticut Open on Monday with a right Achilles injury.

The Romanian was due to play in her third straight tournament on the North American hard court circuit after a win at the Rogers Cup in Montreal and loss in the final at Cincinnati.

In a tweet posted on the tournament’s twitter feed, the Roland Garros champion told fans she was disappointed to have to drop out.

“I really wanted to play it and I saw that many fans bought tickets to see me here,” she said.

“But I feel very sore with my Achilles, and I need some rest.

“I had so many matches in the last two weeks, so it’s tough. See you next year, and all the best.”

Halep won the tournament in 2013, but has not appeared at the event since the following year.

Her place will be taken by lucky loser Belinda Bencic of Switzerland. She will play qualifier Camila Giorgi in the second round.

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