Halep managing back injury

15 October 2018 04:56:03 EST

World number one Simona Halep is determined to overcome her latest back problem and says she remains highly motivated for the challenges ahead.

The 27-year-old Romanian, who will finish top of the rankings for a second year in a row, is hoping to be able to return to action before end of the season, with the WTA Tour Finals in Singapore a major target.

I don't have reasons to keep playing, but it's just my feeling that I don't want to give up.

Simona Halep

However, should she miss out, Halep remains eager to build on the success of a year which saw her claim a first Grand Slam singles title at the French Open.

She told reporters: "At this stage, if it stays like this, I don't need surgery. I don't know if it's going to be worse if I keep playing this month - I don't know that and they don't know that, so I have to keep an eye on it.

"I like to give myself another chance every day. I realise how bad it is every day and I'm trying just to keep the limit there, to be able to know it, to feel it.

"I'm here because I really want to keep playing, I like these tournaments. I'm in the best position for sure, I'm the No.1 for the rest of the year, I won a Grand Slam.

"I don't have reasons to keep playing, but it's just my feeling that I don't want to give up. But for sure, the priority is my health, so I'm going to do the best decision for sure."

Halep is 11/2 to successfully defend her French Open title next year, with Garbine Muguruza 8/1 and Elina Svitolina 12/1.

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