Tennis - Tennis: Halep accepts wild card for key Wimbledon warm-up event

Romania's Simona Halep reacts during her final tennis match against Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 10, 2017 in Paris. (AFP Photo/Thomas SAMSON)

- French Open finalist Simona Halep will make it eight out of the women's world top 10 appearing at the Wimbledon warm-up, the International, after accepting a wild card invitation. The 25-year-old Romanian -- ranked second in the world and beaten by the unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in the French Open final -- joins world number one Angelique Kerber and number three Karolina Pliskova at the tournament in Eastbourne, southern England. "I am very much looking forward to playing in Eastbourne," said Halep. "The quality of the draw is very high so I'm hoping for some great matches to give me the best possible preparation ahead of Wimbledon."

AFP