Simona Halep holds top ranking as Madison Keys withdraws in Rome
Simona Halep needed to reach at least the quarterfinals and go further than world No 2 Caroline Wozniacki to retain the top ranking going into the French Open.tennis Updated: May 17, 2018 20:14 IST
Romanian Simona Halep will extend her stay as world No 1 after being handed a walkover into the Italian Open quarterfinals when American Madison Keys withdrew injured on Thursday.
Halep needed to reach at least the quarterfinals and go further than world number two Caroline Wozniacki to retain the top-ranking going into the French Open.
Keys, runner-up in Rome in 2016, was unable to take to court because of a right rib injury.
“I felt my rib in my match yesterday and after trying to warm up this morning it was still painful,” she said.
Halep, runner-up last year, will play either Sloane Stephens or Caroline Garcia in the last eight.