A shoulder ailment prevented Simona Halep from appearing for the second time at the 2021 Miami Open in the match she had scheduled against Anastasija Sevastova, who advances without playing.
In her first appearance since the Australian Open, she beat Caroline Garcia not without sweating 3-6, 6-4 and 6-0; while the Latvian beat the American Coco Gauff 1-6, 6-2 and 6-3.
“I am very sorry, I had to withdraw from singles and doubles at the Miami Open, but my injury does not allow me to play here the way I expected. I am sad that I cannot continue, I wanted to come here to do my best and play a lot of games but unfortunately I can’t. I hope to return next year with health and better. I want to say thank you very much to the tournament organizers and to the WTA for all their efforts in making this great event and for making us feel safe, “she said on social media.
I’m very sorry to withdraw from the @MiamiOpen ⤵️🙏🤕 https://t.co/jO9CGHcT2h
– Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) March 27, 2021