“No one said this comeback was going to be easy”: Simona Halep remains optimistic about French Open despite withdrawing from Challenger

Friday, 17 May 2024 at 10:40
Former world number one Simona Halep has stated that she never expected to have an easy way back into professional tennis after spending a long time on the sidelines. The 32-year-old returned to the court after spending more than 15 months away from the game after testing positive for a banned substance in a doping test.
Her ban was overturned in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) earlier this year. However, Halep’s return to the court has not gone as planned, and in her most recent outing during the WTA Challengers event in Paris, she had to withdraw because of a fitness concern while playing in round 32. After the match, Halep, in a post on her official account on the social media platform X — previously known as Twitter — stated that no one told her it would be an easy journey. Despite the result, she remains optimistic about the upcoming French Open.
"Well, yesterday didn’t go as I hoped on court,” she said. “The knee pain that has been lingering since Miami came back and unfortunately I couldn’t continue. It’s not the way I would have liked to spend my time in Paris, but no one said this comeback was going to be easy. I will rest and then keep working and keep believing in my journey. Thank you to those of you supporting me, I see your messages and they mean the world to me.”

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