Heat ends Halep’s run

World No. 2 Simona Halep retired with heat illness while 10th-ranked Milos Raonic's title drought reached 19 months Friday with a loss to Jack Sock at the ATP and WTA Citi Open.

Simona Halep reaches for a forehand at Fitzgerald Tennis Centre.   -  USA Today Sports

World No. 2 Simona Halep retired with heat illness at the WTA Citi Open on Friday.

A day after complaining that severe heat left her feeling "a bit dead," French Open runner-up Halep quit her quarter-final match in even more scorching conditions, allowing Russian seventh seed Ekaterina Makarova to advance 2-6, 6-3, 1-0.

Top seed Halep broke Makarova three times to take the first set in 30 minutes, but the Russian battled back to win the second and broke Halep to open the third set when the Romanian said she could not continue.

Halep, who captured her 15th career WTA title in May at Madrid, is scheduled to defend her title next week at Toronto.

Support Sportstar

Dear Reader,

Support our journalism — where text and pictures intermingle so seamlessly — and help us scale up your experience as the world changes around us. Your contribution is vital to our brand of uninfluenced, boots-on-the-ground reportage that’s worth your while. Clickbait sensationalism is not for us, but editorial independence is — we owe it to you.