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'I am filled with sadness' - Simona Halep confirms she will miss French Open

Simona Halep 2019 Wimbledon champion

Simona Halep has confirmed she has had to withdraw from the French Open due to injury.

The world number three was one of the top favourites for the women's singles title at Roland Garros, but she tore her calf muscle at Madrid last week.

After consulting with her medical team, she has arrived at the inevitable conclusion that it will not have enough time to heal before Paris.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I announce my withdrawal from Roland Garros this year," Halep said on social media.

“Unfortunately the tear in my left calf needs more time to recover and the timeline is just too short.

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"Withdrawing from a Grand Slam goes against all my instincts and aspirations as an athlete, but it is the right and only decision to make.

“The thought of not being in Paris fills me with sadness, but I will focus my energy on recovery, staying positive and getting back on court as soon as it is safe to do so.

"Roland Garros 2022, I’m coming for you! A bientot.”

Halep is a former French Open champion having won the title back in 2018.

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