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Qatar Open 2021: world n ° 3 Simona Halep withdraws from the match

Lacking Halep, the very best seeds in Qatar are world primary Ashleigh Barty and Sofia Kenin, fourth on this planet and winner of the Australian Open in 2020.

File picture of Simona Halep. AP

World quantity three Simona Halep has withdrawn from subsequent week’s Qatar Open, organizers of the WTA occasion mentioned on Tuesday.

The Romanian withdrawal follows her Australian Open quarterfinal loss to Serena Williams.

“Sadly I’ve determined to retire, I am unable to wait to be again in Doha subsequent yr,” organizers mentioned on Instagram.

She gave no motive for her absence from the match from March 1-6.

Lacking Halep, the very best seeds in Qatar are world primary Ashleigh Barty and Sofia Kenin, fourth on this planet and winner of the Australian Open in 2020.

In Melbourne, Halep, 29, was thwarted by Williams in her bid for a primary opening Grand Slam triumph of the yr after failing to Caroline Wozniacki within the 2018 choice maker and dropping in straight units to Garbine Muguruza in semifinal of final yr.

The 2018 Roland Garros champion and the 2019 Wimbledon winner’s seven-year streak within the prime 10 is the longest lively race in girls.

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