"I'm not looking for a coach," Simona Halep, former top 10 WTA player proclaims. She has naturally experienced winning over the helm of a standard coach. But Halep has also felt the sting of losing streaks or bowing at matches that should have proven victorious.
The tough Romanian's coach of six years, ESPN Tennis analyst and former player Darren Cahill hasd split ways as of the last US Open. "After six wonderful years working together, Darren Cahill and I have decided that it's time to end our working relationship.
Thank you D for Everything, for making me a better tennis player and a better person," she had said on Twitter. They have had their ups with winning many tournaments under his tutelage as well as losing and trying to find her game gear as he coached her.
Unfortunately it's not always fun and games and she wants to feel more of the positives in her extending career. Halep is currently at the Dubai Open and has already a history of winning the the title twice with two other coaches Adrian Marcu andDaniel Dobro.
She enters the Middle Eastern tournament with good vibe feelings that this is time she should go it alone for a while to see if three times could be the charm. "I don't have a coach right now, I have a sparring partner," she added, not wanting anyone to feel she's going the tennis experience alone.
Simona Halep feels the good point might outweigh the bad times when you don't have a coach and says "I'm just enjoying my time alone and hopefully I can do a good job." The idea of having someone not only guide you, but interject their opinions sometimes is a heavy compromise that can interfere with a player's style and creativity.
Simona at present is done with that situation and since turning pro in 2006, 16 years ago, feels having a handle on what works and what doesn't on the competitive court are greatly in her domain. She's been ranked no.
1 in the world for 64 weeks between 2017 and 2019. Halep has ended each touring year ranked no lower than no. 4 since 2014 and has won 19 WTA singles as well as 2 grand slams: the 2018 French Open and Wimbledon in 2019. The low part of any tennis season is not the losses but the injuries.
She has had her share of achilles injuries, back ailments and even ankle conditions. She has endured it all and knows that playing without a coach will not create harsh conditions no more than she's experienced in the past.
She gets real and says that "I won't say it's the best situation but I'm looking forward to experiencing it and to seeing how it goes." She is playing with freedom now and has been so far victorious with her opening round at Dubai taking a bit over an hour as she won in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 against American Alison Riske.
Simona clarifies how much better she feels and says "I feel a little bit of freedom, so I think I have to enjoy this moment."