Affected by her premature exit from the US Open and her recently announced divorce, Simona Halep will not participate in the WTA 500 event that takes place in Tokyo between September 19 and 25. Paula Badosa, Arina Sabalenka, Caroline Garcia, Garbine Muguruza and Veronika Kudermetova have confirmed their participation in Tokyo.
Halep’s early exit at the US Open
Simona Halep suffered one of two first-round upsets at this year’s US Open edition. Snigur, a qualifier from Ukraine, stunned Halep 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 in 100 minutes. She narrowed the margins between the two to a minimum, as Snigur had 11 winners to Halep’s 13 and just three unforced errors short of the Romanian’s 30.
The previous world no. 1 in the world who won the title in Toronto is still fighting in Flushing Meadows. In the past six years, Halep has lost in the first round on two previous occasions, in 2017 and 2018. Coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted that it was a huge disappointment for the Simona Halep team to end the US Open campaign with a first-round loss. .
«Unfortunately it’s the end of our season in the USA. It ended with a big disappointment right after a great title result in Toronto,» Mouratoglou wrote on Instagram. “Whatever happens, good or bad, what always counts the most is trust in the process, and the deep feeling of doing things right to get where we want to be.
Thank you @simonahalep for giving everything every day. It’s all a coach can ask for. Thank you team @arnaudrestifo @candice_go. Thank you to all the fans and especially the Romanians for their incredible support in both victory and defeat.
It’s time to prepare for the upcoming challenges.»
Simona Halep gets divorced
Simona Halep, according to Romanian publication ProSport, will be divorcing her millionaire husband Toni Iuruc after his unsuccessful US Open campaign.
The decision came less than a year after the couple entered into a civil marriage. The rumored reason for the separation is the great distance between Halep and her husband. Also, while the distance between Halep and Iuruc could have been one of the issues, Simona’s early departure from the US Open could also have worsened the relationship.
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