After losing in Madrid by the hands of the Belgian Elise Mertens, former WTA world number one Simona Halep presented herself to the Italian Open 2021, in Rome, as a trophy holder, after winning last fall against Karolina Pliskova in her last match.
However, the Romanian champion had to retire in the first round, in a match that saw her lead 6-1 3-3 over Angelique Kerber, due to an injury suffered during the match. Following her injury, which immediately appeared to be of no small importance, Simona made it known through her social accounts to give up the next edition of Roland Garros in Paris, a tournament that saw her reach the triumph in 2018.
She wrote on Instagram: " It is with great regret that I announce my absence at Roland Garros this year. Unfortunately, the muscle tear in the left calf takes longer to recover and the timing is too short. To give up a Grand Slam event goes against all my instincts and aspirations as an athlete, but it is the right choice and the only one I can make.
The thought of not being able to be in Paris fills me with sadness, but I will focus my energy on recovery, remain positive and return to the pitch as soon as possible. Roland Garros 2022, I'm coming to get you! See you soon!" Winner in Paris three years ago, Halep overtook American Sloane Stephens on that occasion in the third set.
In 2020 she lost in the fourth round to the very young Polish Iga Swiatek, who would have won the tournament. At the last Australian Open in Melboune, Simona was beaten in the quarter-finals by Serena Williams with a double 6-3.
The men's draw of the French Open will once again see the Spanish Rafael Nadal as the favorite, victorious in Rome against ATP number one Novak Djokovic.
Serena Williams: "Roger Federer is the best ever"
Serena Williams and Roger Federer are two of the greatest legends in tennis history, two athletes who have revolutionized the history of the sport.
Soon both will turn 40 years-old, and yet they are still protagonists on the playing fields and all their fans get excited seeing them again on the court. We have watched the come back of Serena Williams after a few months of absence at the Internazionali d'Italia and now Roger Federer will also come back on the court: at the geneva Open 2021, the Swiss Maestro was defeated in three sets by the Spanish tennis player Pablo Andujar, losing hi second match o the season.
For Federer this is only his second tournament in 2021 after returning to the ATP tournament in Doha in March, after more than a year off. In a recent interview, the American champion used beautiful words to praise the twenty-time Grand Slam champion.
Serena Williams was eliminated in the second round of the Emilia Romagna Open 2021, in Parma, by Katerina Siniakova, after she won her first round match against the very young Italian tennis player Lisa Pigato. Here are her words on Roger Federer: "When I see Roger I think and feel that he is the best of all.
Federer is a mix of greatness and class and it's amazing how he managed to change the game of tennis. Seeing players like him move is very nice and above all it's something that tennis needs. Roger Federer is a genius and when you see him you can't say you don't like the way he plays."
Roger Federer made his come back to the Doha tournament after 13 months of absences with the Swiss forced to stop due to a double surgery that had slowed his return to the court and thanks to the pandemic that certainly delayed the timing.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams should play ath the Roland Garros 2021, despite there is still some doubt about their presence in Paris: they could also choose to skip the Parisian Slam to focus their energies on teh grass-swing, especially on Wimbledon.