Injured Halep withdraws from French Open

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Former champion Simona Halep has withdrawn from the French Open, unable to overcome a calf muscle injury in time to play the grand slam at Roland Garros starting on May 30.

Halep retired from her Italian Open second-round match against Angelique Kerber last week and an ultrasound later revealed a tear in her left calf.

"It's with a heavy heart that I announce my withdrawal from @rolandgarros this year," tweeted world No.3 Halep.

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

"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."

Former world No.1 Halep won her maiden grand slam title at the French Open in 2018, beating American Sloane Stephens in the final.