After a hellish year spent dealing with physical problems, Simona Halep finally seems to be back on the crest of the wave and also in a big way. A calf injury had kept the former world number 1 out for several months, forced to miss the Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Having recovered, the 30-year-old Romanian started 2022 by pushing hard on the accelerator, winning the Melbourne 1, 250 category tournament (6-2 6-3 at Kudurmetova). And continues in this wake Simona Halep, who thanks to the clear success against the Brazilian Beatriz Maia Haddad (6-2 6-0) has landed in the third round of the Australian Open.
A year, 2021, which as mentioned was particularly hard physically and emotionally for Halep. The Romanian seems to come back to goldan days: "Yes, I like tennis more, I'm 30, so I'm old enough to start enjoying this sport.
I like it and I just need to be more relaxed now. Last year it was not easy with the injury, I had to be away for about three or four months, so I suffered but I came back stronger. Now I'm ready to work harder and play good games here."
Simona Halep is back in the golden days
Prolonged physical problems can lead players, taken by the despair of the moment, to think about hanging up the racket. Doubt that Simona Halep has also into the head, but now she has definitely changed her mind.
"I thought it was close the retirement, but honestly after this preseason and how I feel now at the tournament, I feel I still have a few years to play," she said at the end of the match against Maia Haddad. My husband is supporting me in this direction, and my family too.
My team says I'm still good enough to go there and compete, so I'm not thinking about retiring yet. I just want to have fun and give my best because I know there is another possibility." concluded Halep. Simona in the next round of the Australian Open played against Montenegrin Danka Kovinic, surprise winner over US Open champion Emma Raducanu, on her way. Simona beat Danka in straight sets for 6-2 6-1.