Simona Halep has long been a young tennis player on the rise but the only problem was, her breasts were too big!
The 18-year-old Romanian 2008 French junior Open had a growing male fan base thanks to her 34DD breasts but the weight on her chest was uncomfortable and caused severe back pain, which affected her performance on the court.
Consequently, she spent last summer recovering from breast reduction surgery, which took her cup size down to a much more modest 34C.
Halep said: “It’s the weight that troubles me. My ability to react quickly, my breasts make me uncomfortable when I play.
“I don’t like them in my everyday life, either.
“I would have gone for surgery even if I hadn’t been a sportswoman.”
Halep, who is ranked 114 in the world, was still beaten on Monday by former semi-finalist, Australian Samantha Stosur.
Halep is not the first woman to have found it necessary to undergo a breast reduction to improve her chances.
Australian 400m hurdler Jana Pittman-Rawlinson, 27, who had breast implants after the birth of her son, had them removed earlier this year in an effort to improve her chances in the London 2012 Olympics.
“Every time I raced I panicked about whether I was letting my country down, all for my own vanity,” she said.
“I absolutely loved having bigger boobs, but I don’t want to short-change Australia either.”