Simona Halep has had to withdraw from the Miami Open with a right shoulder injury. The world no. 3 had picked up the injury during her practice in Miami, in the days leading up to the event. Announcing her decision to end her campaign in Miami, Halep shared, “I’m very sorry I have to pull out of singles and doubles at the Miami Open, but my injury doesn’t let me play here as expected.
I’m sad that I can’t continue, I wanted to come here to give my best and play many matches but unfortunately, I can’t. Hopefully next year, I will be back healthy and better. I want to say a huge thank you to the Miami Open organisers and the WTA for all their efforts in staging this great event and for making us feel safe”.
Earlier, after her second-round win over Caroline Garcia – which was the Romanian’s 400th win on the tour – Halep had spoken about her shoulder injury. She had said, “I struggled with my serve. I struggled with my shoulder a little bit, so the attention was a little bit on the pain… When I came here, I didn't feel pain...I was really good.
But then I practiced some tough sets with other players and I started to feel again. And now it's getting a little bit worse. But I just feel it when I serve, so I'm trying just to do the recovery as much as possible to serve better because today it was very slow...
I will see how it's going to hold next days”. In doubles, Halep had teamed up with Angelique Kerber. The pair ousted the top-seeds Aryna Sabalenka and Elise Mertens in the first round. Following Simona Halep’s withdrawal, her slated third-round opponent, Anastasija Sevastova has advanced to the fourth round.
Likewise, in doubles, Halep and Kerber’s second-round opponents, Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko have reached the pre-quarterfinals.