World No.3 Simona Halep has withdrawn from the upcoming edition of Roland Garros owing to an injury. She is a former champion of the tournament, winning the crown back in 2018. It was the first Grand Slam title that she had won. Halep took to Twitter to convey her withdrawal to the fans, a decision that will see the Philippe Chatrier miss one of the best women in the game. The 29-year-old also won the Wimbledon crown in 2019. The French Open will be played from May 24 to June 13. Halep has always been one of the most consistent athletes in the competition over the years, and it would have been a good opportunity for her to win another Grand Slam should she have participated.
The former world number 1 had to withdrew from Roland Garros over an injury. She had sustained a tear in her left calf during her recent match against German player Angelique Kerber in Rome. Kerber was given the win via a walkover while Halep had to be taken away for treatment.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I announce my withdrawal from Roland Garros this year,” Halep wrote, “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 it is the right and only decision to make,” she added.
The Romanian said that pulling out of the French Open was a tough decision for her, but she was staying positive and looking forward to returning to the court as soon as possible. “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!” she concluded.
Halep looked all set to qualify for the Round of 16 of the Italian Open in Rome. She had won the first set against Kerber 6-1 and the two were tied 3-3 in the second set when the injury struck the 29-year-old. The injury could also prove to be a blow to her Tokyo aspirations.