World number 3 Simona Halep had to retire on a score of 6-1 3-3 in her favor against Angelique Kerber in the second round of the Italian Open 2021, in Roma, after a bad calf injury. During this season, the tennis player from Constance had reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open and the semifinal in Stuttgart.
A few days ago, Simona announced her forfeit at the Wimbledon 2021 tournament, which she won in the last edition held two years ago. Now Halep published on her official social media profiles her decision regarding the upcoming Tokyo Summer Olympics Games.
She wrote on Twitter: "Nothing gives me more pride than representing Romania, but unfortunately the rehabilitation from my calf injury takes more time and I made the decision to give up at the Olympic Games this summer.
After the disappointment of missing Roland Garros and Wimbledon having to give up the Games is hard to swallow, but I am determined to come back stronger than before. I will watch and cheer the Romanian athletes from home."
Simona Halep will skip Tokyo Olympics
It should be remembered that the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal will also be missing in Tokyo, absent this week at Wimbledon. Halep's only participation in the Olympics was in 2012, as she preferred not to travel to Rio de Janeiro due to the Zika virus four years later.
The Coronavirus pandemic, still far from being definitively defeated, has led to the deaths of nearly 4 million people around the world, infecting 180 million. ATP number one Novak Djokovic contracted the disease last year, while Daniil Medvedev had to give up the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 at the last minute after learning he had developed the virus.
The 2021 Wimbledon final will be held on July 11th. Below the Tweet shared by Simone on her Twitter profile:
Simona has won a total of twenty-two WTA tournaments, including two Grand Slam events: the 2018 French Open and the 2019 Wimbledon tournament, the latter being won for the first time by a Romanian tennis player.
Nothing brings me more pride than representing Romania, but sadly the recovery from my calf injury requires more time and I have made the decision to withdraw from the Olympic Games this summer.
In the Slams she boasts three other finals, two of which always in Paris in 2014 and 2017, another at the Australian Open 2018, as well as three semifinals at Wimbledon 2014, the US Open 2015 and the Australian Open 2020.
In 2014 she also reached the final of the year-end Master. From 2014, the year of her appearance in the top ten positions of the world ranking, to date, she has never left the top ten.