Defending champion Halep withdraws from Wimbledon

The 29-year-old Romanian has been battling to be fit since withdrawing from her second round match at the Italian Open in mid-May.

Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to Belgium's Elise Mertens during their 2021 WTA Tour Madrid Open tennis tournament singles match at the Caja Magica in Madrid on 4 May 2021. Picture: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

LONDON - Simone Halep will not defend her ladies singles title at Wimbledon due to a calf injury, she announced on Friday.

The 29-year-old Romanian has been battling to be fit since withdrawing from her second-round match at the Italian Open in mid-May.

"It is with great sadness that I'm announcing my withdrawal from The Championships as my calf injury has not fully recovered," she said.

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