The sliding doors open and close during the life of all of us, as happened to Simona Halep. Everyone has always believed that the mental lability was the biggest professional problem of the Romanian, but, just thanks to her mental strength, she managed to get into the most important sliding door of her life.
Just last year, at the French Open. After the first set loss against Sloane Stephens, we had all thought that the story was repeating. Inevitably, like the fate that has already decided what must happen. Well, on that occasion Simona overturned the prediction that saw her always a loser in the Slam finals, pulling out a mental strength and an agonistic nastiness worthy of the world no.
1. All finished? Not at all! Simona's new winning career has been certified by Wimbledon 2019. A deserved victory, after six complicated months. On a playing surface that is always difficult for her. Against the opponent who had almost always beaten her in her career.
And so the triumph at the All England Club against Serena Williams was the celebration of her career, which will see her as the protagonist in the coming years when she will certainly add more Slams to her collection. And she must be proud of what she managed to do.
After all the criticisms she received and the bitter disappointments, I believe that most of her colleagues would have given up, and would never have succeeded and won a Major. She did it twice, in the most important tournaments of the world.
The lightness that she will now have will be the sweetest prize after all the pressure she has had to endure after each disappointing result. Simona will be Romania's standard-bearer at the upcoming Olympic Games, in Tokyo, in 2020.
Not only, because Romania's President Klaus Iohannis will receive Halep to reward her with the highest recognition of the state, ordering her Steaua României, the rank of a knight in gratitude and esteem for all her results.
The painful defeats at Roland Garros with Jelena Ostapenko and that at the Australian Open against Caroline Wozniacki are just a distant memory. Now comes the best moment of her amazing career.