Simona Halep’s title defense at Wimbledon is in serious jeopardy. Saturday, Halep had to withdraw from the grass tune-up in Bad Homburg, Germany because her calf is still now ready for play.
“I will not compete because my calf is not ready for a competition,” Halep posted. “I feel sorry about that and sad, because it’s a beautiful place… I will keep practicing because I really want to be able to play at Wimbledon, but for now I have to take care of my body and see how the recovery is going.”
In its first year, the tournament will not be without any Wimbledon champions. Two-time winner Petra Kvitova will be the top seed. Angelique Kerber is also in the field along with former Slam winners Sloane Stephens and Victoria Azarenka.
Kvitova could meet former French Open semifinalist Nadia Podoroska. Stephens opens against No. 8 seed Laura Siegemund.
The tournament began Sunday with Amanda Anisimova and Katerina Siniakova already winning. Andrea Petkovic upset No. 6 seed Sorana Cirstea.
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) June 19, 2021
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