Caroline Wozniacki hopes to carry momentum to second WTA Finals win

Kiki Bertens

No Williams, no Halep, but end-of-year showpiece looks no less compelling

So it was a tough decision but it's better for my health. She competed in Beijing but retired in the first round to qualifier Ons Jabeur and her participation in Singapore was soon in doubt when the Romanian was forced to withdraw from the Kremlin Cup this week despite receiving a wildcard. "So I am definitely sad to see it go, but at the same time, it's had any unbelievable run and the five years, I think they have done an incredible job". "I haven't been training the past four weeks, and I'm not ready to play at this level", - quotes the words Halep defeats.

Halep clinched the year-end top ranking on Monday after her best year on tour, reaching the Australian Open final and then winning her first Grand Slam title in the French Open a few months later. "It's not easy to go on court and compete at this moment".

Despite withdrawing from Singapore, Halep is guaranteed to end 2018 as world number one for the second year in a row.

Halep, 27, said she had hoped to compete at the season finale in Singapore, which starts on Sunday, but that she had taken the "tough" decision to put her health first.

Interestingly, her last win of the season came in the semi-final of Cincinnati, losing the title match to Kiki Bertens and wrapping up the season with for straight losses.

"I'm sad I won't be able to play the fifth and final edition here in Singapore, but I'm confident this is the right decision and will do everything I can to be back fighting for my place at the WTA Finals next year".

The two groups for the lucrative season-ending competition were drawn on Friday at a glitzy ceremony in Singapore, which is hosting the event for the last time. So he was more sure than me that we had to pull out. There is little to choose between Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova and Kiki Bertens.

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