Simona Halep to miss Wimbledon title defense

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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Simona halep did not have a chance to defend his Wimbledon 2019 title a year ago as the tournament was canceled due to the pandemic. Now an injury will prevent him from competing when the game begins at the All England Club next week.

Halep announced shortly before Friday’s draw that she was withdrawing from the Grass Grand Slam due to the same tear in her left calf that kept her from competing at Roland Garros.

“I gave my all to be ready to play at Wimbledon and after having such special memories of 2 years ago I was excited and honored to take a step back on these magnificent courts as the defending champion.” , Halep wrote in a social media post. media. “Unfortunately my body didn’t cooperate and I’ll have to keep that feeling for next year.”

The 29-year-old Romanian is a two-time major champion and a former player ranked No.1 who is currently No.3.

Her removal means two of the top three women in the WTA rankings will be absent from one of the sport’s most prestigious events when the main draw begins on Monday: No.2 Naomi Osaka, four-time Grand Slam champion, sits at Wimbledon while “taking time with friends and family”, her agent, Stuart Duguid, said in an email last week.

Two of the top five men in the ATP ranking are also missing: the No.3 Rafael Nadal, who said he needed to let his body rest and recover, and # 5 Dominique thiem, who injured his right wrist.

The last time Wimbledon was held, two years ago, Halep beat the major champion 23 times Serena williams 6-2, 6-2 in the final, then said: “I’m sure it was the best game of my life.”

Halep hasn’t toured since she tore her calf during a match at the Italian Open in May. She wrote on Friday that the muscle “has not fully recovered”.

“I can honestly say I’m really depressed and upset about having to make this decision. It’s been a tough period, but missing the last two Majors made it even more difficult mentally and physically, ”said Halep. “We’ll see what the future holds, but I hope it will make me a stronger person and athlete. “

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