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."
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