Simona Halep Announces Unfortunate News for French Open 2021

Published 05/21/2021, 4:35 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


In the women’s game, very few players have been able to maintain consistency and Simona Halep belongs to this category. She has registered some great performances and continues to do so. The Romanian star has won two Grand Slam titles apiece, at the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships. 

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However, recently it was revealed that Simona Halep will not be competing at the French Open 2021. It will be a loss for the Grand Slam event as the 2018 champion is a crowd favorite at the venue, and it must have been a difficult decision for her to make. 

Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 24, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during her semi final match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat

Injuries forced Simona Halep to take an unfortunate decision

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In recent weeks, Simona Halep has been dealing with injuries. Recently, she suffered from a calf injury in Rome and after getting her MRI report, it was a race against time for her to get fit in order to compete against the best players in Paris. Prior to that, during the Miami Open, she dealt with a shoulder injury. These unfortunate incidents have taken a toll on her fitness.

This season, Halep played at the Australian Open but lost in the quarterfinal to Serena Williams. Later, she went to Miami but pulled out before her second match due to a shoulder injury. 

There were some encouraging signs when she competed in Stuttgart but lost in the semifinal to Aryna Sabalenka. That was a great chance for Halep to lift her first title of the season. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep before her second round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic REUTERS/Kelly Defina

At the Mutua Madrid Open, she lost in the Round of 16 matches to Elise Mertens. She was last seen in Rome, where she retired mid-way from the match against German player Angelique Kerber. During the match, she won the first set with ease (6-1) but retired at 3-3 in the second set due to a calf injury.

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Since she has confirmed that she won’t feature at Roland Garros this year, she will concentrate on the rehabilitation process and focus on returning to the grass-court events. Simona has won Wimbledon before and will look to bring her best tennis at SW 19. 

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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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