Simona Halep Announces Concerning News Ahead of French Open 2021 After Italian Open Withdrawal

Published 05/14/2021, 8:15 AM EDT
Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 22, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep reacts during her round of 16 match against Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova Pool via REUTERS/Thomas Kienzle


Over the years, tennis star Simona Halep has contributed immensely to tennis. In her career so far, she has won 22 titles on the Tour and held the number one rankings twice between 2017 and 2019. She is the winner of two Grand Slam tournaments – the French Open 2018 and Wimbledon in 2019.

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Recently, Simona Halep played in the Italian Open in Rome. Unfortunately, she lost the match as she had to withdraw from her Round of 32 matches against German former Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber. Interestingly, the Romanian star won the opening set 6-1 with ease. Midway through the second set, she felt some discomfort and took the tough decision of retiring.

Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 23, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep reacts during her quarter final match against Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat

Simona took to social media and put up a post that stated, “Hi guys! After an MRI here in Rome, I can confirm that I have a small tear high up in the left calf. I will fly home today and begin recovery in the pool and gym on Monday. I’m staying positive and will do everything I can to speed up my return. Thanks again and see you soon.”

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MRI reports confirmed the injury of Simona Halep

Soon after her match, Halep went to the hospital to get an MRI done. There, the tear on the left calf was confirmed and she will take all the necessary measures to get herself to 100% full fitness as the French Open begins in a fortnight. Halep will head back home to Romania and begin the road to recovery.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep reacts during her fourth round match against Poland’s Iga Swiatek REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

In the current season, Simona played at the Australian Open but lost in the quarterfinal to Serena Williams. Later, she competed at the Miami Open and cut short her stint as she injured her right shoulder.

Halep played at the Porsche Open in Stuttgart but lost in the semifinal to Belarusian player Aryna Sabalenka. She suffered an early defeat in Madrid too last week.

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After her recent injury, it would be nice to see Simona recover and return on the Tour after feeling fully fit. It will be interesting to see if she can win the race against time and be seen on the courts at Roland Garros.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and 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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