In an interview to The National, the world no. 2 Simona Halep commented on what Naomi Osaka can still achieve in the future. The Japanese star won the last two Majors and Halep believes she will add more to the list. “She’s a very strong player, she’s young and she’s powerful as well, so she has a strong mental.
I really appreciate her and admire her for what she has done. It’s really good and I think she’s going to win more," said the 27-year-old Halep is coachless as she split with Darren Cahill at the end of last year and she had an unsuccessful trial period with Thierry Van Cleemput: “To get used to the person, to get to know the person and to have the chemistry of a coach-player.
So it’s not easy, and after such a long time with one coach it’s a little bit difficult to change and that’s why now I decided to stay by myself." Asked if she would like to see the Fed Cup being reformatted like the Davis Cup, Halep replied: “No I would keep the Fed Cup as it is now because I like the spirit, for me, it’s an unbelievable week when I go to play for my country.
The system is made like this. So I would keep it and I hope they don’t change it until I retire." Halep lost to Belinda Bencic in the quarter-final of the Dubai Open on Thursday. Earlier, Halep helped Romania beat the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup tie.