Caroline Wozniacki hopes to carry momentum to second WTA Finals win

Halep 27 said she had hoped to compete at the season finale in Singapore which starts on Sunday but that she had taken the

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. To withdraw from major tournaments is never easy.

Bertens competed in the doubles previous year, losing the final alongside Johanna Larson.

Place Halep in the Final tournament will take the tenth racket of the WTA and the ninth championship race Kiki, Bertens. I didn't practise for the last four weeks. So it was a tough decision but it's better for my health. "Obviously, winning here past year was very special and I am looking forward to giving it another try, and I am excited for the challenge". She said, "I have such great memories from playing in Singapore in 2016 and 2017, and I can't wait to close out the year competing against the other elite players of 2018".

It has been a disappointing end to a spectacular season for Halep, which saw her secure the year-end No. 1 ranking in the WTA standings for the second year running.

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"I wanted to finish 2018 on a high after such an incredible year, but sadly my back injury hasn't healed the way we hoped it would and I need to put my long-term health first".

The 2016 US Open runner-up has had another solid season on the WTA circuit, winning the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart in April and last month's Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she beat new US Open champion Naomi Osaka in the final.

World No. 3 Angelique Kerber does not believe Halep's absence will make it less competitive, saying: "All the players (who are) here deserve to be here - all have had a consistent year and these are the best players of (this season)".

The White Group will feature defending WTA Finals champion Caroline Wozniacki, 2011 victor Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova.

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