Simona Halep was supposed to play against Bianca Andreescu in the semi-final of the grass tournament in Bad Homburg (WTA 250), but had to give up hours before the match.
Simona Halep’s explanation for return from Bad Homburg: She woke up with a stiff neck
Simona announced via a post on Instagram that she was retiring due to a neck problem. Halep will compete at Wimbledon in 2022.
“I am sorry that I had to retire today before the semi-final match. But unfortunately I woke up in the morning and my neck was stiff and it did not allow me to perform at my best.
I felt very comfortable here in Bad Homburg, I really enjoyed playing here. I want to thank the organizers of the tournament for one of the best events ever.
I felt at home and in the best position to perform. It is always unique to see Central Field with a full stand and the crowd extremely respectful and that was fantastic with me” – Simona Halep.
Simona Halep’s coach Patrick Mouratoglu responded in the comments of the post: “Congratulations on another wonderful journey. It’s time to recover.”
Under these conditions, Bianca Andreescu will reach the final of the tournament in Bad Homburg without playing.
Andreescu (64th WTA place) meets the winner of the match between Elise Cornet (44 WTA) and Caroline García (75 WTA) in the final of the competition.
According to Friday’s draw, Simona Halep will play track and field athlete Karolina Muchova (82 WTA) in the first round of Wimbledon (a competition she won in 2019 when she last competed on London grass). The two have never met on the world stage.