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No. 3 Simona Halep (calf) withdraws from French Open

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World No. 3 Simona Halep withdrew from the French Open on Friday with a calf injury.

The 29-year-old Romanian sustained a tear in her left calf during her second-round match against German Angelique Kerber last week at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The French Open begins May 30.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I announce my withdrawal from @rolandgarros this year,” Halep wrote Friday on Twitter. “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, 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’m coming for you!”

Halep finished as the runner-up at the French Open in 2014 and 2017. She defeated Sloane Stephens in the 2018 tournament final for her first major singles title.

Halep captured her second major singles title by winning Wimbledon in 2019.

–Field Level Media

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