Simona Halep out for at least three weeks with thigh injury

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Simona Halep is out of competition for the next three weeks, pulling out of the Miami Open after an MRI revealed a muscle tear in her left thigh.

In a post on social media, Halep revealed that she has been struggling with the injury since Indian Wells but had “hoped it would improve.” She said that while practicing for her match against Australian wild card Daria Saville, she felt a sharp pain in her left leg. Halep reached the semifinals at Indian Wells last week, resulting in a first-round bye in Miami.

The two-time Grand Slam champion and current world No. 19 has pulled out of Miami, as well as the Charleston Open and the Billie Jean King Cup.

“While it feels like really disappointing news to share, I am keeping the confidence from my great start to the year and am motivated to do everything to be ready for the clay-court season,” she wrote.

Halep has had a good start to the year, reaching her first WTA 1000 semifinal at Indian Wells since her 2020 Rome title run. She also reached the final 16 at the Australian Open.