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Wimbledon champion Simona Halep tests positive for coronavirus

Wimbledon champion Simona Halep has tested positive for COVID-19 and said Saturday she is "recovering well from mild symptoms." Halep skipped the U.S. Open in September due to fears of catching the coronavirus.

No. 2-ranked women's player self-isolating, 'recovering well from mild symptoms'

Romanian tennis star Simona Halep, 29, has contracted the coronavirus and is self-isolating at home. "I feel good … we will get through this together," she says. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Wimbledon champion Simona Halep has tested positive for COVID-19 and said Saturday she is "recovering well from mild symptoms."

The 29-year-old Halep, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, had skipped the U.S. Open due to fears of catching the coronavirus. She said in August that she preferred to stay and train in Europe.

The Romanian player announced her test result Saturday.

"I wanted to let you know that I tested positive for COVID-19. I am self-isolating at home and am recovering well from mild symptoms. I feel good … we will get through this together," Halep said on Twitter.

Halep, a former top-ranked player, won Wimbledon in 2019 and the French Open in 2018. Wimbledon was cancelled this year because of the pandemic.

Many European countries are experiencing surging numbers of COVID-19 infections. A new wave of lockdowns swept across France, Germany and other places in Europe this week.

Countries such as Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria Greece have closed or otherwise clamped down again on nightspots and imposed other restrictions such as curfews and mandatory mask-wearing.

In August, Halep expressed concern about travelling to New York for the U.S. Open.

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Top seed Simona Halep captures his 1st Italian Open title as defending champion Karolina Pliskova retires during the 2nd set of their final. 2:08

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