‘I will rest up and do everything to be ready for the US Open,’ says Simona Halep after withdrawing from Cincinnati

Simona Halep reacts during a match

Simona Halep’s Western & Southern Open campaign came to a premature end as she withdrew from a second-round match due to a thigh injury.

Having spent three months on the sidelines because of a torn calf muscle, Halep only made her return to action in Montreal last week, losing her opening match before getting a win under her belt in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

However, she felt a sharp pain in her right adductor during her victory over Magda Linette and further scans revealed she has a “small tear”.

The two-time Grand Slam winner was due to face Jessica Pegula from the United States on Wednesday, but opted not to take any risks with the US Open starting on August 30.

“Unfortunately, a scan this morning showed that I have a small tear in my right adductor and therefore it would be too risky for me to play tonight,” she wrote. “I will rest up and do everything I can to be ready for the @usopen

“To the fans in Cincy, it was beautiful to see you again ❤️”