Simona Halep lost her first match this year in the opening match at the Sydney International against Ashleigh Barty, and so far at the Australian Open she is still trying to find her best game. Should the Romanian player's physical be worrying for the future? In an interview to Fanatik, the 18-time Grand Slam winner Chris Evert answered this question.
'If Halep doesn't want to undergo surgery, it means the injury is not that serious and it does not require a surgery, and the recovery will make her get the problem solved', said Evert. 'Do not compare Simona's back with Andy's, they are definitely not the same thing (laughs).
Murray thought about surgery for two years. Probably Simona'd hernia is just a consequence of the very high intensity Halep had for six months.' Halep commented on how it felt to have her coach Darren Cahill on the grounds during her three-set win over Kaia Kanepi.
They split at the end of last year as Cahill, Australian, can't travel around the world as he prioritizes family. 'I still felt that he's my coach when he came on court. I didn't feel any difference. He was very open, gave me advice.
It's great to have him around. Also, it's tough that he's not in my team any more. I don't know what I'm going to do. For sure, I need a coach, because at this level you cannot do it alone. I'm just chilling for the moment, and we will see after this tournament.'