Simona Halep revealed she felt exhausted last year and scared because of injuries. Halep had a rough and challenging 2021 season as she was forced to skip the French Open, Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics due to a calf injury.
At one point it became so difficult for Halep that she feared she might stop playing tennis. "The lowest point was mental because I've been exhausted and I've been a little bit scared of injuries," Halep said, per Sportskeeda.
"I didn't think I want to stop tennis because I don't like tennis anymore, I felt I might stop tennis because of the injuries. But it was nothing strong in my mind. I still like to play tennis, to play tournaments, so I'm in a good spot now.
I don't want to remember last year that much."
Halep now feeling great
Halep made a strong start to 2022 as she captured the Melbourne Summer Set 1 title. On Saturday, Halep saw off Danka Kovinic 6-2 6-1 to reach the Australian Open round-of-16.
"I feel great physically first of all," Halep added. "Mentally I'm confident and also strong, I would say. Feeling the game. Feeling joy out there. I think that helps me to be positive and to be confident that I have a chance every time I step on the court.
Playing well. I feel I'm in a good spot. I really trust that I can play good tennis here." Halep didn't feel well on the court last year but now it's a completely different story. "Last year I was super agitated and super nervous on court.
This year I feel like I'm very stable. Yeah, I'm nervous before the matches, but I feel very comfortable when I step on the court. I have expectations from myself, but they are good expectations because I have worked a lot in the off-season," Halep admitted.