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Simona Halep Talks Breast-Reduction Surgery After Wimbledon Loss

06/24/2011 08:14 am ET | Updated Aug 24, 2011

After losing to Serena Williams in the second round at Wimbledon, 19-year-old Simona Halep talked about her recent rise in the world tennis rankings and credited the breast-reduction surgery she had two years ago.

"My ability to react quickly was worse, and my breasts made me uncomfortable," Halep said. "It's the weight that troubles me. My breasts made me uncomfortable when I play."

She also said that she would have gone through with the surgery even if she hadn't been a "sportswoman."

The Romanian attracted plenty of attention during the 2008 French Open when she had 34DD breasts. But the tennis star's chest caused "severe back pain," so she had breast-reduction surgery in 2009 and returned to the 2010 French Open with 34C breasts.

New York Daily News writer Flip Bondy pointed out that Halep has climbed 450 spots in the rankings to No. 57 since the surgery.

Click HERE for photos of Halep from before and after the surgery.

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