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Simona Halep delays nasal operation to play Fed Cup for Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania -- World No. 2 Simona Halep has postponed a nasal operation so she can play for Romania against the Czech Republic in the first round of the Fed Cup World Group.

Halep, 24, is expected to face Karolina Pliskova in the first singles match Saturday in the city of Cluj.

"Before I was sick ... and had many problems, but now I'm OK," Halep said Friday. "I have to have surgery later. It's tough to breathe but not that dangerous, so I can have the surgery later."

Halep's teammate Monica Niculescu will meet Czech opponent Petra Kvitova in the second singles match Saturday.

On Sunday, Halep plays Kvitova while Niculescu meets Pliskova.

In the final match, Andreea Mitu and Raluca Olaru of Romania take on Barbora Strycova and Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic.

If the Czechs win, it will boost their chances of winning the Fed Cup for a third consecutive year.