Simona Halep announced earlier today that she will miss over a month to recover from surgery on her nose to clear up what sounds like a sinus infection.
Halep said the surgery will force her out of Davis Cup, Dubai and Doha. She hopes to be back in the first week of March for her title defense at Indian Wells.
“It comes with great sadness that I’m announcing that I will need to miss our upcoming Fed Cup tie next week, as I will be undergoing surgery this week. Representing my country is very important to me and I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be able to be with my team in Cluj,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
“The last 6 weeks have been extremely difficult for me, as I’ve been dealing with infections in my stomach, nose and ear. This has been one of my most frustrating periods, as I’ve not been able to train or stay healthy even though I’ve constantly been on antibiotics to help clear the infections.
“I gave it my best shot in Australia but, with the infections still in my body, unfortunately I made things worse, as I pushed myself to compete and fight in a Grand Slam. Under doctors advice, I will undergo surgery to fix the on-going problem with my nose – and I’ve been advised that this is my best option and success is highly likely.
“I had also planned on competing in Dubai and Doha starting on February 15, but I will also be withdrawing from those events under doctors advice, to give myself the best chance of recovering back to full health. I’m hopeful that I will have recovered in time to have a chance to defend my title in Indian Wells, but I will take it slowly and make sure that I am back to full health before resuming training and competition.”
Halep was stunned in the first round last week at the Australian Open by Shuai Zheng.
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