Simona Halep faces a race to fitness after revealing on Friday that she suffered a small muscle tear during her second round loss this week at the Rome Masters.

The third seed and 2018 Roland Garros champion had to retire against Angelique Kerber due to her injury.

After visiting with Italian doctors, the WTA No. 3 posted her current status on social media.

“Hi guys! After an MRI here in Rome I can confirm that I have small tear high up in the left calf. 

“I will fly home today and begin recovery in the pool and gym on Monday. I’m staying positive and will do everything I can to speed up my return. Thanks again and see you soon.”

Just over two weeks remain until the start of the French Open, which has been delayed a week to May 30 due to COVID-19 restrictions in Paris.

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