Former world No. 1 Simona Halep admitted she badly wanted to play Wimbledon and that caused her to rush her comeback from a calf injury.
Halep, now ranked at No. 13 in the world, retired her Rome Masters second round clash mid-match due to a calf injury.
The Romanian then missed the French Open but she was eager to at least play Wimbledon.
Unfortunately for Halep, rushing her comeback didn’t help her at all as she didn’t make it for Wimbledon and just ended up getting her injury worse.
“I didn’t know maybe how to handle it. At the beginning I got a little bit down about it. Then I rushed being ready for Wimbledon because I wanted so badly to play Wimbledon. But I think I forced those two weeks and then I had to stay another four,” Halep said after her opening round win at the US Open, as revealed by Ravi Ubha.
Halep makes a positive start at the US Open
Halep was handed a tough draw at the US Open as she was drawn to meet Montreal Masters champion Camila Giorgi.
Playing in-form Giorgi didn’t scare Halep as she scored a 6-4 7-6 (3) win over the Italian.
Halep twice failed to serve out for the match in the second set but she delivered in the tie-break to still end up with a straight-set win.
Recently, Halep spoke about feeling relaxed after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I don’t feel afraid, because I am vaccinated,” Halep said, per Tennis365. “I feel protected. I am taking care. I wear the mask when many people are around.
“I feel much better when the tournament is open. I don’t like the bubbles. I feel very stressed when I’m in the bubble. So if people can vaccinate more and more, [it] will be better, because we will not have more restrictions any more.”