Two-time grand slam champ is knocked out of the French Open when struck by a panic attack
The Romanian tennis star losses in three sets to 19-year-old Chinese player Qinwen Zheng.
Halep looked comfortable as she cruised through the first set and was up a break in the second.
But Zheng quickly recovered to win the second set and began to dictate the match in the third.
The 2018 French Open champion suddenly called the trainer and asked to have her pulse and blood pressure taken.
After receiving an all clear the 30-year-old continued with the match but looked very uneasy against the Chinese youngster.
She was struggling for breath and had to call for doctors a second time in the third set.
The 19-year-old went on to win the match 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 and advanced into the third round of the championship.
Halep left the court immediately with medical staff before returning to address the media.
She then admitted to having a panic attack during the match which she couldn’t control.
“I didn’t expect [that] because it was just a panic attack,” says Halep.
“I didn’t know how to handle it, because I don’t have it often.”
“I don’t really know why it happened, because I was leading the match. I was playing well. But it just happened. I couldn’t focus.”
Halep is the latest big name to roll out of Roland Garros, with American Danielle Collins also losing on Friday.
This comes as seven top-ten female seeds have now been knocked out of the tournament ahead of round-three.
Danaya Malenda contributed to this report.
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In a recent financial report, Bank of America suggests that Disney’s ESPN could be on the verge of reaching a staggering $24 billion valuation. This eye-catching figure has sparked interest from potential buyers, with technology giants Apple and telecommunication leader Verizon being touted as likely contenders.
The valuation surge is attributed to ESPN’s successful digital transition, with streaming services, exclusive sports content, and expanding international markets contributing to its growth. Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s sports networks further boosted ESPN’s portfolio, making it an attractive asset for prospective buyers.
Apple, known for its foray into content creation with Apple TV+, could leverage ESPN’s sports content to expand its media empire. Meanwhile, Verizon, with its vast telecom infrastructure and distribution capabilities, could use ESPN to enhance its content offerings and engage a broader customer base.
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Paris shoe store challenges customers to outrun pro sprinter
A Parisian footwear boutique invites customers to partake in a unique and adrenaline-pumping shopping experience.
This audacious store, nestled in the heart of Paris, dared its patrons to steal a pair of shoes, all in good fun, provided they could outpace a professional sprinter.
Reports have emerged of this extraordinary stunt that combines shopping with a dash of track and field. The challenge was set by the shop as a marketing ploy, aiming to attract the adventurous and those in search of a novel retail encounter. The store employed the services of a pro sprinter, renowned for their lightning speed, who was ready to chase down any would-be ‘thieves’ on the spot.
The customers were offered a thrilling choice – take a leap of faith and try to outrun the sprinter, or purchase the shoes in the traditional manner. Those who dared to participate had their athletic skills put to the test, leaving bystanders in awe.
This daring initiative has sparked conversations around town, with opinions ranging from branding brilliance to potential risks involved. While it has generated considerable attention, many are questioning the wisdom of such an unconventional strategy.
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Tennis fans rejoice as Rafael Nadal, the renowned Spanish tennis maestro, is geared up to mark his return to the Australian Open
In 2024 after Nadal will return to the game after a year-long absence due to persistent injuries. The anticipation surrounding his comeback has been mounting, and enthusiasts are eager to witness his extraordinary skills on the court once again.
Nadal’s absence from the Australian Open in 2023 was a setback for both the tournament and his legion of fans. The ‘King of Clay’ has been nursing injuries, focusing on a rigorous rehabilitation regime to ensure he comes back stronger and more formidable than ever. His determination to overcome challenges and re-enter the tennis arena has been nothing short of inspirational.
The Australian Open holds a special place in Nadal’s illustrious career, and his return to the tournament is highly anticipated. Tennis aficionados are keen to witness whether Nadal can reclaim his former glory and compete at the highest level after his hiatus.
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