Former world No. 1 Simona Halep admitted that she wasn't hampered by any kind of injury after suffering a shock loss to Alize Cornet. Halep, seeded at No. 14, picked up her first defeat of the season after losing to Cornet at Melbourne Park.
Cornet, ranked at No. 61 in the world, beat Halep 6-4 3-6 6-4 to reach the Australian Open quarterfinal. "I have no injury. This is good. Only the heat got me actually early in the first set. I felt sick, felt a little bit dizzy," Halep said after the match, per WTA Insider.
"It's tough to play in the heat, and I was not ready today. She was a little bit stronger, and that's why she could win the match."
Halep speaks highly of Cornet
Halep has been one of the best players over the last decade but she has never had much success against Cornet.
Cornet now leads the head-to-head against Halep 4-1. "I have only nice words about her, because I like her on court, how she's fighting. She deserves what is happening to her now. She works hard all the time, and I wish her good luck.
I really want her to make this dream coming true," Halep said of Cornet. Cornet was up by a set and a break but Halep recovered to force a third set. Fortunately for Cornet, she managed to bounce back in the third set and prevent Halep from claiming a comeback win.
"I can't hide my true nature. If I'm a drama queen for the people, then I am (smiling)," Cornet said after the match. "I think people want to see truth on the court, and honesty. I think that's what I am.
So there is good side and bad side sometimes. Right now it's all about good side”. Despite the loss, it was a positive Australian summer for Halep as she won the Melbourne Summer Set 1 in the opening week of the season.