Simona Halep opens on her 'worst year ever'

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Simona Halep opens on her 'worst year ever'

Former world No. 1 Simona Halep admitted 2021 was "the worst year ever" for her but she is happy that she has gotten to a positive start to 2022. At the Rome Masters last year, Halep was up by a set against Angelique Kerber before she was forced to retire the match due to a calf injury.

It took time before Halep was able to return to action as she skipped the French Open, Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics. Halep returned to action in August and it took her time before she found her game and rhythm on the court.

In late October, Halep reached her first final of the season in Cluj-Napoca, before losing to Anett Kontaveit. Halep then went to Linz, where she reached the semifinal before she was forced to give a walkover due to a knee injury.

Just when things started to go well for Halep, she suffered an unfortunate end to her season. A calf injury and some personal issues resulted in Halep not having one of the most memorable seasons of her career. "Worst year ever," Halep exclusively told Tennis Majors.

Halep bounced back in Australia

In her first tournament of the 2022 season, Halep made it all the way at the Melbourne Summer Set 1. It was Halep's first title since the 2020 Rome Masters. Halep entered the Australian Open with some confidence under her belt and she won her first three matches all in straight sets.

Halep's Australian Open campaign came to an end in the round-of-16 but still she was happy with how her Australian summer went. “My confidence was very low before Australia,” admitted. “And then I did the those few matches in Aussie Open and after that I won some good matches, with Jabeur (in Dubai), the first top ten player I played this year.

And I feel like I’m pretty working okay now, the confidence is going higher. And also I need some more practice hours on court and then probably I will feel much better”. Halep has hired coach Patrick Mouratoglou as she hopes to win more big titles.