French Open 2021: Simona Halep withdraws from Rolland Garros

French Open 2021: Simona Halep withdraws from Rolland Garros. She was doubtful for Roland Garros due to
French Open 2021: Simona Halep withdraws from Rolland Garros. She was doubtful for Roland Garros due to "small tear" in her calf.

French Open 2021: Wimbledon champion Simona Halep has withdrawn herself from French Open after a “small tear” in her calf following her injury in the Italian Open. The Romanian world number three had to be helped off the court after retiring against Germany’s Angelique Kerber earlier this month because of the problem in the Italian Open.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I announce my withdrawal from @rolandgarros this year. Unfortunately the tear in my left calf needs more time to recover and the timeline is just too short. Withdrawing from a Grand Slam goes against all my instincts and aspirations as an athlete, but…..” she tweeted.

The injury rules out the 29-year-old’s hopes of playing the French Open – which she won in 2018 – that starts this year on 30 May.

Wimbledon, which was cancelled last year, starts on 28 June.

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French Open 2021: Halep, who was defending her title in Rome, was leading 6-1 3-3 in the second-round match against Kerber when she was forced to quit.

Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty is among those hoping to succeed her as champion and faces American teenager Coco Gauff in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova is through to the last four after saving three match points before beating Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko.

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