Simona Halep withdraws from Rio, cites Zika concerns

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Romanian Simona Halep, the fifth-ranked women’s tennis player, will skip the Rio Olympics due to Zika virus concerns, according to her social media.

“The reason for my decision is the concern regarding the danger posed by the Zika virus,” was posted on Halep’s Facebook page. “After several talks with doctors and my family, i concluded that the risks are too high for my career and for my health, especially as a woman. Family is much too important for me and I can’t risk not being able to have one of my own after my career in tennis is over.”

Halep, 24, has reached at least the quarterfinals of all four Grand Slams in the last three years. She was eliminated in the first round of singles and doubles at the London Olympics.

Halep joins Milos Raonic and Viktoria Azarenka in announcing Friday that they will not play at the Olympics.

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