Simona Halep: Coach Darren Cahill taught me how to enjoy life more

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Simona Halep: Coach Darren Cahill taught me how to enjoy life more

Simona Halep was glad with the level she showed against Danka Kovinic and said it's good be in the second week of the Australian Open. Halep delivered a clinical performance on Saturday as she saw off Kovinic 6-2 6-1 to reach the Australian Open round-of-16.

Halep blew an early first set break but broke Kovinic again in the fifth and seventh game to routinely win the opener. After winning the first set, Halep broke Kovinic three times in the second set to book a straight-set win.

"It was a great match," Halep said, per the WTA website. "I think I played good tennis. She was a little bit tired and exhausted, but I'm pleased with the way I played. I feel good to be in the second week."

Halep speaks highly of Darren Cahill

Halep worked with Australian coach Cahill for years before the two decided to split. While in Australia, Halep reflected on her time with Cahill. "I think (he) is very special. The way he talks, the way he always gives you advice, I think it's very special," Halep said of Cahill, per Tennis Majors.

"When he really trust in the player, I think he sends that to the player & you feel much more confident and much more safe on court. For me, he has been the most important person for my career. With him I could achieve the big titles.

"He also teach me how to be a better person out of the court, to enjoy more life. Because of him now I'm talking to everyone. I like to share everything with the players also in the locker room, with the people outside.

"For me, he has been a really important person for my whole life. It's not just tennis. But, yeah, I see that he has success also with Amanda now. She played great yesterday. I'm happy for them."