Former World No.1 Simona Halep has announced her withdrawal from this year’s French Open. The Paris major event runs from 30th May to 12th June on red dirt in the WTA tour calendar.
With full of confidence, the defending champion Halep began this year’s campaign at the Italian Open. But she, unfortunately, suffered a calf injury during the opening round match against German Angelique Kerber.
As a result, Romanian was forced to pull out from French Open for the first time in her career. Most notably, Simona Halep won her maiden Grand Slam title under Philippe Chatrier roof in 2018.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I announce my withdrawal from Roland Garros this year”, Halep recently wrote on her social media pages.
Two-time Grand Slam title winner continued, “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.”
“I Will Focus My Energy on Recovery”, says Simona Halep
After a fortnight of the French Open conclusion, the Wimbldon championships begins in London, where Halep is the reigning champion. However, Simona’s decision to skip Roland Garros would increase the chance to make her presence in the SW19 this year.
“But it is the right and only decision to make. The thought of not being in Paris fills me with sadness, but I will focus my energy on recovery, staying positive and getting back on the court as soon as it is safe to do so. Roland Garros 2022, I’m coming for you! A bientôt, Simona Halep added.
In the last year French Open, Halep fell in the fourth round to eventual champion Iga Swiatek in straight sets(6-1, 6-2). Hopefully, she will get well and resume her adventure sooner.