Simona Halep has been ruled out of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham after she aggravated an Achilles injury.
Halep has been dealing with the Achilles issue since the WTA Guangzhou International Women’s Open in September last year.
The injury is the latest setback for the world number five after she was ousted from Roland Garros in the fourth round following a loss to Sam Stosur.
Halep confirmed that she will rest for a few days and is confident that she will be fully fit when Wimbledon begins in two weeks’ time.
“I started to feel it since I got here. I have some fluid inside the tendon so the doctor says I have to rest for a few days,” she said via a statement. “It is nothing serious but it’s a bit sore. I have almost two weeks to recover before Wimbledon so I will take a few days rest and then some treatment and then start to play again.”
The 24-year-old, who made it to the quarter-finals of the Aegon Classic last year, admitted that she was disappointed about not being able to play in the first grass court tournament of the season.
“I’m really disappointed. This was my first tournament and it was important to have some matches but I cannot change things,” she said. “It’s important to take care of my body, I would like to come back next year for sure. It’s my second time here and I like this tournament. I hope to come back next year and I look forward to having another chance to play in front of fans here.”