As she got back in Romania after being kicked out in straight sets by Serena Williams, Simona Halep was asked about the retiring rumors concerning the American tennis icon following her semifinals exit in the face of Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open.
“I haven’t had the opportunity to read anything about Serena, but I don’t think she will retire,” said Halep in a Romanian airport. Slightly adjusting the subject, Halep said a few words about her experience at this year’s Australian Open edition.
“The upset mood that I had after the match with Serena is over, I'm ok now. I'm glad I did a good result, it's not a small result a quarterfinal at a Grand Slam, the first of the year,” Halep pointed out.
Expanding more, the Romanian top racket revealed which was her weakest link in the match against Williams. “The service did not help me at all in the match against Serena. I had a negative attitude; that didn't help me much either.
I want to rest for a few days, then I'll see. Normally, Dubai is coming next."
Simona Halep’s bet for the Australian Open final
It’s clear that Simona Halep has an enormous amount of respect for Williams.
After all, she called Serena a legend even before the two clashed in the quarter-finals. “Serena is a legend. The best. I must not think too much that I am playing against her, it is not a good idea”. However, the current world number 3 backs the “wall” which stopped Serena Williams in the race to her 24th Grand Slam of her career.
Yet, she doesn’t exclude a surprising victory of American Brady. "I think Osaka will win because of the experience, but Brady also has her chance,” was Simona Halep’s verdict for the final.