[WTA Finals] World No. 2 Simona Halep had breast reduction surgery to save her tennis career

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As a rising teenage tennis star, Simona Halep was better known for her cup size than her racket skills.

Her ginormous breasts, though a blessing, was a hindrance to her tennis career.

When she burst onto the scene as a junior champion at the French Open in 2008, Simona’s bountiful chest attracted lots of attention and a growing male fan base.

Her large chest garnered her attention – and won her quite a few male admirers – but for the Romanian tennis hopeful, Simona Halep, it was nothing but a hassle.

simona halep before breast reduction surgery

simona halep before breast surgery


She found her 34DD breasts uncomfortable, and it caused her severe back pain and hampered her movement on court, leaving her ranked 500th in the world.

Simona Halep before breast reduction 34DD


In 2009, at the age of 17, the Romanian opted to undergo a breast reduction, taking her from a 34DD to a 34C.

Before long she rocketed up the world rankings and is now really hitting her stride, climbing to No. 2 in the world for the 2015 season.

simona halep before after


“My ability to react quickly was worse and my breasts made me uncomfortable,” Halep said.

“It’s the weight that troubles me. My ability to react quickly, my breasts make me uncomfortable when I play,” Halep said at the time of her operation.

“I didn’t like them in my everyday life, either. I would have gone for surgery even if I hadn’t been a sportswoman.”

simona halep before and after breast reduction


Halep’s coach Wim Fissette, a Belgian, who has worked with former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters, said the Romanian was “one of the smartest players” on the tour.

Speaking of Halep’s breast reduction surgery, Fissette said: “I did not know her then, but I have seen some photos.

“She took that decision and it was a good one. I understand that it’s what a lot of people know her for. In the Belgian newspapers it is the same thing.

“But let’s hope she will win a grand slam and then they will start talking about that instead.”

Simona Halep current

Simona Halep with her current reduced breast size

For Simona Halep, it was definitely a good decision to go for breast reduction surgery. She is now far removed from her physical obstacle and that much closer to attaining the title of World number 1 seeing that she has skyrocketed her from being 500th in the world rankings to the current world number 2.


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