Simona Halep decides to skip Tokyo after early US Open exit and divorce


Affected by her premature US Open exit and her recently announced divorce, Simona Halep will not participate in the WTA 500 event held in Tokyo between 19 and 25 September. Paula Badosa, Arina Sabalenka, Caroline Garcia, Garbine Muguruza, and Veronika Kudermetova have all confirmed their participation in Tokyo. Halep’s early US Open exit Simona Halep suffered one of the two first-round upsets at this year’s US Open edition. Snigur, a qualifier from Ukraine stunned Halep 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 in 100 minutes. It came down to the barest of margins between the two as Snigur had 11 winners to Halep's 13 and only three fewer unforced errors than the Romanian's 30. The former world no. 1 who won the title in Toronto still continues to struggle at Flushing Meadows. In the last six years, Halep's lost in the first round on two previous occasions – in 2017 and 2018. Coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted it was a big disappointment for Team Simona Halep to end the US Open campaign with a first-round loss. "Unfortunately it is the end of our US season. It ended with a big disappointment right after a great result with the title in Toronto," Mouratoglou wrote on Instagram. "Whatever happens, good or bad, what always counts the most is the trust in the process, and the deep feeling of doing the right things to get where we want to be. Thank you @simonahalep for giving everything every single day. It is all a coach could ask for. Thank you team @arnaudrestifo @candice_go. Thanks to all the fans and special one to the Romanians for being incredibly supportive both in victory and defeat. Time to prepare for the next challenges." Simona Halep is getting divorced Simona Halep, according to Romanian publication ProSport, is getting divorced of her millionaire husband Toni Iuruc following her failed US Open campaign. The decision came at less than one year since the couple had their civil marriage. The rumored reason for the split is the big distance between Halep and her husband. Moreover, while the distance between Halep and Iuruc could have been one of the problems, Simona’s early exit from US Open could have also worsened the relationship. Learn more about the divorce: Simona Halep is getting divorced of millionaire husband after US Open