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Injured Halep Hopeful For Wimbledon

Simona Halep was forced to retire from her second round match at the Topshelf Open on Wednesday, but the World No.3 is hoping to bounce back at Wimbledon.

Published June 18, 2014 12:14

Injured Halep Hopeful For Wimbledon
Simona Halep

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands - Simona Halep saw her grass court preparations cut short at the Topshelf Open, succumbing to Annika Beck and an upper back injury in the second round.

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Halep, the No.1 seed at the International-level grass court event, did a good job of rallying to win the first set - she was down 4-1 but managed to squeak it out, 7-5 - but down 3-2 in the second set the pain was just a little too much to handle. Beck advanced with a 5-7, 3-2 retirement victory.

The World No.3 is still hopeful for a good run at Wimbledon, where she'll be the No.3 seed.

"I think it was a good match today," she said after the match. "The injury isn't very dangerous, but I was cold on the court and the muscle at my shoulder and rib was contracted, and the physio told me I should stop playing, because it could have gotten worse. But I will be fine for Wimbledon."

It may not have come the way she wanted it, but Beck, a WTA Rising Star, scored her first Top 10 win.

Back injuries were something of an epidemic in 's-Hertogenbosch on Wednesday, unfortunately - No.4 seed Carla Suárez Navarro stopped with the same injury, handing Zheng Jie a 7-5, 0-1 victory, and Vania King the same, handing American qualifier CoCo Vandeweghe a 6-7(6), 6-0, 2-1 victory.

The three completed matches were all close encounters though, with No.8 seed Klara Koukalova holding off a late surge to close out German qualifier Mona Barthel, 6-2, 7-6(6), Elina Svitolina clinching a tight first set then rallying from 4-2 down in the second set to upset No.6 seed Kirsten Flipkens, 7-6(4), 6-4, and Yaroslava Shvedova fighting back from set point down at 5-4 in both sets to close out newly-engaged Dutch wildcard Michaella Krajicek in a pair of tie-breaks, 7-6(6), 7-6(4).

No.7 seed Garbiñe Muguruza and Magdalena Rybarikova won their second rounds on Tuesday.

All four quarterfinals of the Topshelf Open will take place on Thursday, with No.7 seed Muguruza and No.8 seed Koukalova the only seeds remaining. Koukalova in particular holds a very special place in her heart for this venue - she won her first WTA title here all the way back in 2005, and when she did that she had been 0-5 in WTA finals (she beat fellow Czech Lucie Safarova in the final that year).

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