Top seed Halep out of St Peters­burg

Global Times - Weekend - - SPORTS -

Top seed Si­mona Halep pulled out of the St Peters­burg Tro­phy on Fri­day be­cause of a per­sis­tent knee in­jury, pro­pel­ling a Rus­sian wild card into the semi­fi­nals.

World No.4 Halep, who en­joyed an open­inground bye, beat Croa­tia’s Ana Kon­juh in the sec­ond round in St Peters­burg.

The 25-year-old Halep crashed out of last month’s Aus­tralian Open in the first round and again cited a sore knee.

Halep’s with­drawal saw Rus­sia’s 19-year-old wild card Natalia Vikhlyant­seva ad­vance to the semi­fi­nals, where she will meet France’s Kristina Mlade­n­ovic.

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