ROME: Champion Simona Halep was compelled to retire injured within the second spherical of the Italian Open on Wednesday weeks earlier than her bid to reclaim the French Open.
The world quantity three pulled up with a left calf challenge whereas main Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-1, 3-3 of their match on clay on the Foro Italico in Rome.
The 29-year-old limped again to her chair helped by officers however left the court docket in tears after remedy.
A heartwarming lesson about respect and truthful play.💜 @AngeliqueKerber @Simona_Halep #IBI21 #WTA https://t.co/7LT6s9ZR9Q
— Internazionali Bnl (@InteBNLdItalia) 1620844800000
“Sadly an ultrasound has revealed that I’ve a tear in my left calf,” Halep later mentioned on Twitter.
“I’ll get an MRI (scan) tomorrow to grasp the damage in additional element, however in the meanwhile we’re not sure of restoration time.
“I am so dissatisfied to finish my event in Rome like this however I’ll do all the things I can to handle the damage and be again as quickly as potential.
“Thanks a lot to your help and I am going to preserve you posted on my progress.”
Sadly an ultrasound has revealed that I’ve a tear in my left calf. I’ll get an MRI tomorrow to understa… https://t.co/Jy7Ygge6oD
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) 1620844061000
The damage comes three weeks earlier than the French Open which she received in 2018 and twice completed runner-up.
The 2-time Grand Slam winner additionally received Wimbledon in 2019.
In Rome, Halep completed runner-up in 2017 and 2018 earlier than profitable final 12 months, with the event pushed again to September due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kerber, ranked 26 on this planet, subsequent meets Forty ninth-ranked Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.