Simona Halep of Romania reacts as she leaves the court after retiring from a women's singles match against Lara Arruabarrena Vecino of Spain at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China, October 4, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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World No. 2 Simona Halep lasted less than a set before retiring injured at the China Open Sunday, plunging her appearance at the WTA Finals into doubt.Halep and Petra Kvitova, who was playing on painkillers and suffering the ongoing effects of glandular fever, both crashed out as the China Open lost its top 2 women's seeds in the first round.Romania's Halep said she would now take a break from tennis and assess if she can play the season finale in Singapore after retiring at 5-4 down in the first set against Lara Arruabarrena with a left Achilles tendon problem.Halep, currently at a career rankings high, was understandably downcast after the return of an injury which first troubled her in 2011 and flared anew at last month's Guangzhou Open.
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