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2018 champion Simona Halep pulls out of French Open due to calf injury

The Romanian tennis player vowed to be back in the French Open in 2022 as she has shifted her focus on 'recovering and staying positive'.

Published: 21st May 2021 06:15 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st May 2021 06:15 PM   |  A+A-

Simona Halep reacts as she leaves the court following her loss to Ekaterina Alexandrova at a tuneup event ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Former French Open champion Simona Halep (File photo| AP)

By ANI

BUCHAREST (ROMANIA): Former French Open champion Simona Halep on Friday announced that she has withdrawn from this year's tournament as she is still recovering from a calf injury. The Romanian tennis player vowed to be back in the French Open in 2022 as she has shifted her focus on "recovering and staying positive".

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce my withdrawal from @rolandgarros this year. 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," Halep said in a tweet.

"But it is the right and only decision to make. 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 court as soon as it is safe to do so. Roland Garros 2022, I am coming for you! A bientot," she added.

Halep had clinched the French Open in 2018 after defeating American Sloane Stephens in the final.



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