Simona Halep has undergone nose surgery and says it will be a “few weeks” before she can resume physical activity. The former world No. 1 won the Canadian Open in August but then suffered a surprise first-round loss at the US Open to Daria Snigur. It is not known when she will return to the WTA Tour. She currently occupies the final spot to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals.
Simona Halep is set for a spell away from tennis after undergoing nose surgery.
The two-time Grand Slam champion says she has been “struggling for a while with nose problems” which made it “hard to breathe”.
Halep, 30, won the Canadian Open this summer but suffered a shock first-round defeat to qualifier Daria Snigur at the US Open.
She said on social media: “As some might already know, I have been struggling for a while with nose problems and it got worse during the summer, especially in Washington.
“This problem made it hard to breathe and even worse during the nights as I was going through [a] complete blocked nose. The only way to solve the problem was to undergo a surgery. The doctor Daniel Popescu has performed it and taken this opportunity to also make a plastic surgery intervention.
“Everything went well. I will need a few weeks of rest before I can start again any physical activity. See you soon on the tennis court.”
Former world No. 1 Halep has been working with Serena Williams’ former coach Patrick Mouratoglou this year and has moved up to No. 9 in the world rankings.
She made the semi-finals at Indian Wells in March and then made three successive grass-court semi-finals, including Wimbledon, where she lost to eventual champion Elena Rybakina.
She retired from the Citi Open and Western & Southern Open on either side of her victory in Toronto.
There are three WTA 500 events remaining this season in Tokyo, Ostrava, and San Diego, as well as a WTA 1000 in Guadalajara.
The season-ending WTA Finals take place in Texas, with the top eight players in the Race to the WTA Finals rankings qualifying. Halep is currently in eighth place.