Bad news for the fans and the tournament in Indian Wells as Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber will not be able to compete.
Simona Halep has just completed a successful run in Dubai where she won the title, but that cost her the participation in Indian Wells. Simona was the champion back in 2015 and she released the following statement:
“I’m incredibly disappointed to have to withdraw from the 2020 BNP Paribas Open. Unfortunately, the foot injury that I picked up before Dubai is still causing me trouble and I will be unable to recover in time to travel to Indian Wells.”
Unfortunately, also Kerber will not play so as not to be able to defend her 2019 performance when she reached the final. After this defection, Angelique is projected to sink in the rankings and she will be around the 40th place. The German is struggling with her left leg, and she will be replaced by Taylor Townsend in the main draw.
This was Kerber’s statement:
“My patience is being tested these days as I’m still recovering from a left leg injury. I was hoping to be ready in time for the upcoming tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, but my medical team advised me to give it a little bit more rest. Thanks for your support! I can’t wait to be back on court soon…”
“I'm incredibly disappointed to have to withdraw from the 2020 BNP Paribas Open. Unfortunately the foot injury that I picked up before Dubai is still causing me trouble and I will be unable to recover in time to travel to Indian Wells." -2015 champion Simona Halep pic.twitter.com/1eDVXVSNcJ
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 7, 2020
What about Bianca Andreescu
It is still not clear if the defending champion will be able to compete this year. Bianca got injured to her left knee back in October and she keeps on postponing her comeback.
Simona Halep’s ranking and performance in 2020
At the moment ranked no.2, Simona played her last match on the 22nd of February when she beat Elena Rybakina 3-6 6-3 7-65 in the final in Dubai to win her 20th career title.
Currently, this season Halep has a 10-2 win-loss record. Simona conquered 1 title in Dubai.
Angelique Kerber’s ranking and performance in 2020
Now ranked no.21, the German played her last match on the 27th of January when she lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-75 7-64 6-2 in the 4th round of the Australian Open.
Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber played each other 10 times. The head to head is 5-5. The last time that they played each other, Angelique Kerber won 6-4 6-3 in the quarter in Eastbourne (Nature Valley International) in June 2019.
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu’s ranking and performance in 2020
Now ranked no.4 (career-high), Andreescu played her last match on the 30th of October 2019 when she had to retire when playing against Karolina Pliskova in the round-robin and the scoreline was 6-3.
Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber
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