‘I’m really upset’ – Simona Halep forced out of Wimbledon title defence

Defending champion Simona Halep says she ‘gave everything’ but has been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon due to injury.

Halep beat Serena Williams in the 2019 final and would have been among the favourites again this time around.

However, she suffered a tear in her calf before the French Open, and she has had to concede defeat in her bid to make it back in time for Wimbledon.

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

“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 honoured 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.

“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.

“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.”

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