Defending champion Simona Halep is out of Wimbledon. The world no. 2 posted the news of her withdrawing from Wimbledon on Instagram, stating that she’s yet to recover from her calf injury. In her post, Halep said, “It is with great sadness that I’m announcing my withdrawal from The Championships as my calf injury has not fully recovered”.
She added, “I gave it everything I had in order to be ready to play Wimbledon and after having such special memories from 2 years ago, I was excited and honored to step back on these beautiful courts as defending champion.
Unfortunately, my body didn’t cooperate and I’ll have to save that feeling for next year”.
Injury thwarts Simona Halep's Wimbledon title defence bid
The former world no. 1 injured her calf at the Rome Open in her match against Angelique Kerber and was forced to skip the French Open as well.
In the grass season, Halep was scheduled to play the Bad Homburg Open this week but had to withdraw from the German event as well because of her calf not having healed entirely. Back then, Halep had sounded optimistic about returning to Wimbledon and being able to defend her title.
“I will keep practicing because I want to be able to play in Wimbledon. But for now, I have to take care of my body and to see how the recovery is going,” Halep had said, while announcing her withdrawal from the inaugural German tournament.
On Thursday, Halep had a practice session with Carla Suarez Navarro at Wimbledon. The 2021 edition will be the Spaniard’s last Wimbledon as she’s retiring at the end of the season. In 2019, Simona Halep reached her first Wimbledon final.
She beat seven-time champion Serena Williams in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 to win the second Major of her career (after the 2018 French Open).