Defending women’s singles champion Romania’s Simona Halep has announced she is withdrawing from Wimbledon 2021 while she recovers from a calf injury.
The world No. 3 Romanian will not defend her 2019 Wimbledon title when she won against Serena Williams. The tournament started Monday.
The calf injury also kept Ms Halep from the Roland Garros this year.
„It is with great sadness that I’m announcing my withdrawal from the Championships as my calf injury has not fully recovered”, she said on Facebook.
“I gave it everything I had in order to be ready to play Wimbledon… I was excited and honored to step back on these beautiful courts as defending champion. Unfortunately, my body didn’t cooperate, and I’ll have to save that feeling for next year,” she said in a post on Instagram.
„I can honestly say that I’m really down and upset about having to take this decision. This period has been difficult, but to miss the last two Grand Slams has made it even more challenging mentally and physically. We will see what the future holds, but I’m hoping it will make me a stronger person and athlete,” she added.
The Romanian tennis star last competed at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. She pulled out of the match against Angelique Kerber in the second set with the calf injury.
She was denied a chance to defend her title when Wimbledon was canceled last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
She joins world No. 2 Naomi Osaka in withdrawing from the grass-court Grand Slam. Ms Osaka also skipped Wimbledon following her withdrawal from Roland Garros due to mental health.