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World no 3 Simona Halep withdraws from Wimbledon due to injury

London: World number 3 and defending Wimbledon champion Simona Halep on Friday announced her withdrawal from 2021 Wimbledon due to a calf injury commencing on June 28.

“It is with great sadness that I’m announcing my withdrawal from The Championships as my calf injury has not fully recovered,” Simona said on the Wimbledon website.

The 29-year-old world No.3player, who won the Wimbledon in 2019 — the event was canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic — suffered a tear in her left calf during her second-round match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber at the Italian Open in Rome in mid-May. She was also forced to withdraw from the French Open following that injury.

Four-time Grand Slam champion and world number two female tennis player Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the Wimbledon commencing on June 28. “Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year,” the All England Club said in a statement. “She is taking some personal time with friends and family. She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans.”

“I gave it everything I had in order to be ready to play Wimbledon and after having such special memories from two years ago, I was excited and honored to step back on these beautiful courts as defending champion,” she said. “Unfortunately, my body didn’t cooperate and I’ll have to save that feeling for next year.”

Simona said it has been a challenging period. “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 majors has made it even more challenging mentally and physically,” she said.

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“We will see what the future holds but I’m hoping it will make me a stronger person and athlete. Thank you to everyone at Wimbledon for your understanding and support.”

The draws for the men’s and ladies’ singles were scheduled to take place at the All England Club on June 25.

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