Simona Halep Wimbledon 2022

‘Surgery was the only solution’ – Simona Halep out for weeks after procedure

Simona Halep has undergone nose surgery following the US Open in an effort to ease breathing difficulties that worsened over the summer. 

The former world number one had mixed results over the North American hard court swing, from claiming an eighth WTA 1000 title in Toronto to exiting the US Open in the first round to unknown qualifier Daria Snigur.

Now, Halep has announced she will be needing time off the court to recover from a procedure to help her fulfil her physical potential and restore her overall comfort.

“As some might already know, I have been struggling for a while with nose problems and it got worse during the summer especially in Washington,” she explained on Twitter. “This problem made it hard to breathe and even worse during the nights as I was going through [a] completely blocked nose. The only way to solve the problem was to undergo surgery.”

She went on to thank her doctor and anaesthetist, before adding: “Everything went well. I will need a few weeks of rest before I can start any physical activity again.

“See you soon on the tennis court!”

Halep, 30, is now ranked ninth in the world, the only player in the WTA top 10 aged 30 or older. Moreover, the Romanian is eighth in the WTA race to the tour Finals in Fort Worth, Texas. Should she qualify for the event it would be her sixth appearance and first since 2019.

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