Simona Halep retires at China Open due to back injury
Last Updated: 30/09/18 2:54pm
World No 1 and top seed Simona Halep retired from her first-round match at the China Open with a back injury.
The Romanian lost the opening set to Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur 6-1 in 31 minutes before calling a halt to proceedings.
Halep told wtatennis.com: "There is a pain. I couldn't move properly, so that's why I stopped.
"I don't know exactly what it is. I will go home. I will have an MRI (scan) and I will see.
"I'm just worried now, I feel sad that I couldn't finish. That's why I stopped, because I felt like it's getting worse if I continue.
"It's really tough when you have a back injury because you cannot bend, you cannot react to the balls. I couldn't play."
Third seed Angelique Kerber of Germany defeated France's Kristina Mladenovic 6-2 6-2, and fourth seed Caroline Garcia of France beat wildcard Wang Yafan 7-6 (12-10) 6-7 (4-7) 6-3.
Daria Kastakina, the 13th seed, was 6-4 4-2 down to Germany's Laura Siegemund before retiring.