Simona Halep Announces Unfortunate News Ahead of Semi-Finals at Linz Open

Published 11/11/2021, 12:55 PM EST
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


The 2021 season has been quite challenging for Simona Halep. The 30-year-old has been irritated by nagging injuries and hasn’t been able to display her best tennis on the tour. She reached the final of the Transylvania Open in her home country, but was beaten there in straight sets by Anett Kontaveit. After the difficult loss, the Romanian entered the Linz Open in Austria.

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Slowly and steadily, Halep entered the semi-finals of the competition. However, just ahead of the match, the two-time Grand Slam champion announced some unfortunate news regarding her participation. Halep, who was looking in good form throughout the tournament, pulled out from the semi-finals.

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Simona Halep pulls out from Linz Open

At the Transylvania Open, Simona Halep cruised into the final, beating some fine players on the way. However, the number one seed fell short against Anett Kontaveit in the last match of the tournament. Halep then stepped in at the Linz Open. In the opening match of the tournament, Halep eased past Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in straight sets. 

Aug 11, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Simona Halep from Romania reacts in the match against Danielle Collins from USA (not pictured) during the second round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Subsequently, she defeated Jasmine Paolini in a thrilling quarter-final. In the last set of the match, Halep had totally dominated winning it by a big margin of 6-0. In the semi-finals, she was to face her fellow countrywoman, Jaqueline Cristian. However, just ahead of the contest, Simona Halep announced some unfortunate news. She has pulled out from the Linz Open concerning her knee injury. 

She confirmed the unfortunate news on Twitter and said, “Unfortunately, I am not able to play in my semifinal after injuring my knee in my match yesterday. I would do anything to be able to play, but it is swollen and painful and playing will only make it worse. I want to say a huge thank you to the tournament and fans here.”

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Halep’s struggle with injuries continues

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

Even Earlier, Simona Halep had withdrawn from this year’s French Open and Wimbledon championships because of her calf injury. This time, it’s her knee that has stopped the two-time Grand Slam champion from participating in the tournament.

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We hope for a speedy recovery for the Romanian.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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