The two-time Grand Slam champion watched compatriot Evelyne Christelle Atticia Tiron face Lara Arruabarrena in the first round. Tiron fell in straight sets, but Romania still has a strong presence at the WTA 250. Irina Bara, Ana Bogdan, and Mihaela Buzarnescu are just a few of the players representing their country on home turf.
When Halep isn’t supporting her friends on court, she’s spending her time recovering and training to get back in on the action. On May 12, Halep retired in the second set of her second-round match with Angelique Kerber in Rome due to a calf injury. The setback forced her to miss Roland Garros, her Wimbledon title defense and the Olympics. It was a heartbreaking turn in Halep’s 2021 season, but she’s on the come up heading into the North American hard-court swing.