Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Breast reduction breathes new life into Simona’s career

Before: Simona Halep's 34DD breasts were proving prohibitive
After: Halep hopes a reduction to a 34C cup will improve her game

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.”

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife galleries

More

Latest Sport News

Stats Centre