Could Simona Halep miss French Open with calf injury?
Simona Halep (ROU) in action during her match against Iga Swiatek (POL) on Day 8 at Stade Roland Garros.  Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Could Simona Halep miss French Open with calf injury?

Simona Halep began this week's Italian Open No. 3 in the WTA rankings and a favorite to win the 2021 French Open. 

That may have changed, however, after the 29-year-old suffered a worrisome injury Wednesday. 

Per the WTA website, Halep defeated Angelique Kerber 6-1 in the opening set of their match but was unable to continue with the second set level at 3-3 due to a setback. Following the match, Halep took to Twitter to confirm she has a left calf tear.

Halep recently dealt with a lower back issue in early March. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, BetOnline.ag listed Halep at +500 to win the French Open, but those odds likely will go down following her upcoming MRI scan. She won her first career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2018.

The start of this year's French Open was postponed to May 30 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that gives Halep less than three full weeks to recover and return to full fitness. 

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