Simona Halep has become the first major name in women's tennis to pull out of the Olympics due to the Zika virus.
WTA Staff

BUCHAREST, Romania - Simona Halep has announced she will not be competing at the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Shortly after winning her quarterfinal at the BRD Bucharest Open, Halep took to social media to reveal her withdrawal from the Games, citing fears over the Zika virus outbreak across South America.

"The reason for my decision is the concern regarding the danger posed by the Zika virus," was posted on Halep's Facebook page. "After several talks with doctors and my family, i concluded that the risks are too high for my career and for my health, especially as a woman. Family is much too important for me and I can't risk not being able to have one of my own after my career in tennis is over."