Simona Halep in a race against time to be ready for Wimbledon following on-going calf injury, but will one eye be on the Tokyo Olympics?

A couple of years ago we saw Simona Halep dismantle Serena Williams winning 6-2 6-2 against the 7 time champion in a phenomenal performance to lift her second Grand Slam trophy.

On the 12th of May and leading Kerber 6-1 3-3 in Rome the third seed retired with a calf injury which turned out to be a small calf tear. It forced the Romanian out of Roland Garros and the plan was to play in Bad Homburg this week but was an eleventh hour withdrawal having announced on social media she isn’t quite ready to return just yet.

The former world number one is in a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon which begins on the 28th of June as her calf is “not ready” this week.

We know how much that Halep enjoyed her Wimbledon win, becoming a member and the tradition around it and it would be a great shame if she is not ready to defend her title right now!

It is such a busy time for players, there is barely any time to recover, Wimbledon hasn’t started yet but the Tokyo Olympics are around four weeks away and could an eye be on them?

We know she does have an eye on the Olympics and potentially doubles but likely the mixed doubles with Horia Tecau being an option as well for the Romanian.

Speaking before the global pandemic in January 2020 the two time major champion said: “I really want to win a medal” I cannot imagine that has changed.

It will be interesting to see what happens over the coming weeks, it is set to be such a huge time in Halep’s career. Will she be able to defend her Wimbledon title? The draw I imagine will be very open and if she plays as she did in 2019 she’d be unstoppable, also the Olympics having missed out in 2016 due to the Zika virus she would love to get a medal this time around!

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