Simona Halep has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Open due to injury and faces a battle to recover in time for the US Open.
After suffering a calf injury on the clay courts of Rome, Halep has already missed Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and the Olympics this year.
Simona Halep has experienced another another setback, having to withdraw from the Cincinnati Open due to a minor muscle injury. The two-time Grand Slam champion is now attempting to get back in shape in time for the US Open, which begins in less than two weeks. After being injured during a match in Rome earlier this year, Halep was forced to withdraw from Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and the Olympics.
Halep announced her withdrawal from the Western & Southern Open on Twitter on Wednesday (August 18), just before her second-round match against Jessica Pegula.
“Unfortunately, a scan this morning revealed that I have a tiny tear in my right adductor, making it too unsafe for me to play tonight,” the world No.13 wrote. I’m going to get some rest and do everything I can to prepare for the @usopen.
“To your Cincy fans, it was wonderful to see you again.”
In her first round, the Romanian won a three-set fight against Magda Linette, giving her her first match win in over three months.
Halep only returned to the tour last week in Montreal, where she was defeated in three sets by Danielle Collins, the recent San Jose winner.
She was hurt in Rome on May 12 and spent the summer on the sidelines, missing some of the season’s most important tournaments as she recovered from the “worst” injury she’d ever suffered.
When she hurt her calf and resigned while a set up on Angie Kerber at the Italian Open just weeks previously, the former world No. 1 was a favorite to win the title on the clay courts in Paris.
Halep was also the incumbent Wimbledon champion, having won the tournament in 2019, and Romania’s flag bearer for Tokyo 2020.
Her calf injury prevented her from participating in the Wimbledon tradition of commencing play on day two as the reigning women’s champion, and she was unable to carry the Olympic flag.
Halep is in a battle against time to be ready for the final, having only recently returned to the tour. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”