“2–3 Years for Sure”: Simona Halep Quashes Retirement Rumours

Published 10/22/2021, 8:49 AM EDT
Sep 1, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Simona Halep of Romania hits to Kristina Kucova of Slovakia (not pictured) on day three of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Romanian tennis star Simona Halep has been one of the most influential players on the WTA Tour. However, in the recent past, she has been troubled by injuries. After a calf injury in a May, Halep has missed out on a considerable chunk of the 2021 season.  

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Simona Halep was forced to withdraw from the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships this season, along with the Tokyo Olympics. She’s currently competing at the Kremlin Cup and is through to the tournament quarter-finals. Recently, the Romanian star questioned about retirement as speculation arose due to her injuries. 

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The 30-year-old fired back and stated, “I never said I would retire. I just said that I was injured and I had to stay out as much as possible to recover. I’m not thinking about retirement. It was a pretty busy year, it was a beautiful year with all the aspects. I’m enjoying life, I feel good and happy. I’m thinking to play more, like 2-3 years for sure.”

Simona Halep had a memorable 2021 

Despite being on the sidelines, Halep had a lot to be delighted about this year. She got married to Toni Iuruc in September this year after the US Open. The tennis star shared a slew of pictures from her wedding ceremony and subsequent party on social media. The couple got married in Constanta, Romania.

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She does accept that it has been a heavy year for her but at the same time, insisted that she is in a happy space at the moment and wishes to compete for a few more years at least. 

Sep 5, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Simona Halep of Romania tosses her racket while playing Elina Svitolina (not pictured) of the Ukraine on day seven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Coming to tennis, Halep is competing in the Kremlin Cup in Russia. After registering comfortable victories in an opening couple of rounds, she now faces an uphill battle against Greek tennis sensation Maria Sakkari in the quarterfinal. We wish her all the best for the upcoming matches and for the remainder of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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