Simona Halep Stuttgart 2021

Simona Halep faces race against time to be fit for US Open

Simona Halep was forced to withdraw from WTA Cincinnati Open due to a thigh injury and faces a race against time to be fit for US Open.

The Romanian suffered the injury in her opening round win against Magda Linette, forcing her to withdraw from a potential clash with American Jessica Pegula.

“After feeling a sharp pain in my right adductor during the match yesterday, I called the physio and, with heavy taping, was able to carry on and win.” said Halep.

“Unfortunately, a scan this morning showed that I have a small tear in the adductor and, there, it would be too risky for me to play this evening.

“I will rest up and do everything I can to be ready for the US Open. To the fans in Cincinnati, it was beautiful to see you again,” she added.

Halep had only recently returned to the court after suffering a calf tear in March which forced her out of Roland Garros, Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics.

Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.