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Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and worked for almost ten years for Ziarul Financiar, the main financial newspaper in Romania. For the last six years he was editor of the capital markets section in Ziarul Financiar. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in May 2014 as editor and partner. Besides capital markets he is also interested in trends in economy, banking and politics. He is passionate about sports, movies and literature, especially crime fiction and political intrigues (Game of Thrones). He would like to live in the countryside one day, groom a vineyard and write his own literature. Email him for interviews, conferences and story pitches at [email protected]

Simona Halep withdraws from Sydney tournament but will play in the Australian Open

Romanian tennis player Simona Halep withdrew from the Sydney premier tournament she was supposed to play in this week. She made the announcement just before her first match against Czech Karolina Pliskova, on Tuesday morning. Halep was the tournament’s main favourite.

Halep said she experienced stomach problems before her final match in the Shenzhen Open, in China, last Saturday, and that the problems reappeared this week. "I didn't play for three days. I was waiting until today to see if I was ready to play again, but I feel like I cannot play. It's tough to play a tournament like this so unfortunately I decided to withdraw," Halep said, according to WTATennis.com.

Halep, who last week won the Shenzhen Open, her first WTA title this year, said she is confident that she will play well in the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the year, which starts on Monday, January 19, in Melbourne. Halep will be seeded third behind American Serena Williams and Russian Maria Sharapova.

Simona Halep remains third in the WTA ranking of the best women’s tennis players in the world, with 6,571 points.

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Andrei Chirileasa
Editor-in-Chief

Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and worked for almost ten years for Ziarul Financiar, the main financial newspaper in Romania. For the last six years he was editor of the capital markets section in Ziarul Financiar. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in May 2014 as editor and partner. Besides capital markets he is also interested in trends in economy, banking and politics. He is passionate about sports, movies and literature, especially crime fiction and political intrigues (Game of Thrones). He would like to live in the countryside one day, groom a vineyard and write his own literature. Email him for interviews, conferences and story pitches at [email protected]

Simona Halep withdraws from Sydney tournament but will play in the Australian Open

Romanian tennis player Simona Halep withdrew from the Sydney premier tournament she was supposed to play in this week. She made the announcement just before her first match against Czech Karolina Pliskova, on Tuesday morning. Halep was the tournament’s main favourite.

Halep said she experienced stomach problems before her final match in the Shenzhen Open, in China, last Saturday, and that the problems reappeared this week. "I didn't play for three days. I was waiting until today to see if I was ready to play again, but I feel like I cannot play. It's tough to play a tournament like this so unfortunately I decided to withdraw," Halep said, according to WTATennis.com.

Halep, who last week won the Shenzhen Open, her first WTA title this year, said she is confident that she will play well in the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the year, which starts on Monday, January 19, in Melbourne. Halep will be seeded third behind American Serena Williams and Russian Maria Sharapova.

Simona Halep remains third in the WTA ranking of the best women’s tennis players in the world, with 6,571 points.

[email protected]

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