Simona Halep: I didn't watch Wimbledon or Tokyo Olympics because it was painful

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Simona Halep: I didn't watch Wimbledon or Tokyo Olympics because it was painful

Former world No. 1 Simona Halep lost her comeback match at the Montreal Masters but she thought she played really well. Halep, now ranked at No. 13 in the world, missed three months due to a calf injury. On Wednesday, she suffered a 2-6 6-4 6-4 loss to Danielle Collins.

"It was a great match in my opinion. After three months of a break, I played really well. Yeah, I am happy with everything today. Just sad that I lost the match, but I'm getting better," Halep said after the match, per Max Gao.

"I am very, let's say, positive about how I played today. A little bit unexpected because after three months that you cannot play much tennis, you come and play three hours at the very high level with someone that is winning lately matches and tournaments."

Halep took a medical timeout in the middle of the final set

"It was tough for me because after two hours & a half, to get more than 10 minutes' break is not fair before the serve. I think this rule is not good at all ...

But credit to her because she played well," Halep said. While away from tennis courts, Halep enjoyed time with her family. "The time home was great. I was with my family. I was with my friends. So I needed this break to recharge my batteries, mentally first and of course physically because of the injury ...

It was good to recover a little bit," Halep revealed. Missing Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics wasn't easy at all for Halep. "Honestly I didn't watch. Just a few balls, few games. But I didn't pay attention.

It was too painful to watch the matches. When you are injured, you feel sad and disappointed. It's not really good, in my opinion, to stay and watch matches," Halep admitted.