Simona Halep: World number one pulls out of final US Open warm-up

Simona Halep
Simona Halep lost the Cincinnati Masters final to the Netherlands' Kiki Bertens on Sunday

World number one Simona Halep has pulled out of her final tournament before the US Open because of an Achilles injury.

The Romanian, 26, will be replaced in the Connecticut Open by Switzerland's Belinda Bencic.

Halep won the Rogers Cup in Montreal and reached the Cincinnati Masters final in the past two weeks.

"I feel very sore and I need some rest. I had so many matches in the last two weeks, so it's tough," she said.

The US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York starts on 27 August.

Halep's best run in the tournament came in 2015 when, seeded second, she suffered a shock defeat by Flavia Pennetta in the semi-finals.

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