CLUJ-NAPOCA, Romania – 2014 French Open finalist Simona Halep had initially announced she would miss this week’s Fed Cup tie against defending champions in the Czech Republic due to a nasal infection that required surgery.
The World No.3 reversed that decision on Tuesday, declaring she will attempt to defend her title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and play at the Qatar Total Open – a tournament she won two years ago – but first, she would indeed take part in a historic home tie for Romania this weekend:
Halep, in her own words on her decision to postpone nose surgery (translated by Adrian Toca/@treizecizero): pic.twitter.com/YpjaDkbUf9
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) February 3, 2016
Halep has been a Fed Cup stalwart throughout her career with an overall 12-6 record since 2010, and was instrumental in helping her country achieve World Group status for the first time since 1992. The process took two years for Halep, who played all five ties in 2014 just to qualify for World Group II, and helped lead Romania through a 3-2 win over Spain last February.
Flanked by teammates Monica Niculescu, Andreea Mitu, and Raluca Olaru, Halep will take on a Czech team that has won Fed Cup in four of the last five years, and led by 2015’s championship line-up in Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova, Barbora Strycova and Denisa Allertova.
Check out Halep’s announcement on Facebook.