Defending singles champion Simona Halep withdrew from Wimbledon on Friday because of a lingering calf injury.
The world’s No. 3 player sustained the injury in May during the second round of a clay-court tournament in Rome and missed the French Open.
She won Wimbledon in 2019, beating Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2. The tournament was canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is with great sadness that I’m announcing my withdrawal from The Championships as my calf injury has not fully recovered,” the 29-year-old Romanian posted on Instagram.
“I gave it everything I had in order to be ready to play Wimbledon and after having such special memories from two years ago, I was excited and honored to step back on these beautiful courts as defending champion.
“Unfortunately, my body didn’t cooperate and I’ll have to save that feeling for next year.”
The women’s singles draw is now without two of its biggest stars. World No. 2 Naomi Osaka withdrew earlier, with her team citing the need for “personal time.”
Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus will be the No. 2 seed behind Australian Ashleigh Barty when singles play begins Monday.
“I can honestly say that I’m really down and upset about having to take this decision,” Halep said. “This period has been difficult but to miss the last two Majors has made it even more challenging mentally and physically.
“We will see what the future holds but I’m hoping it will make me a stronger person and athlete.”