World No. 2 Simona Halep spoke about her split from coach Darren Cahill at the end of the 2018 season. The pair did not work together in 2019 but reunited at the start of the 2020 season as Cahill said he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Speaking to Eurosport, Halep says, "Darren was exhausted after 2018 and wanted to take a break. However, he was on my side every time. I sent him messages. I talked about my evolution. I was exhausted after 2018 and I didn't train so much.
I was working, but I was missing something. I realized that I missed too much on the field. Darren always told me to believe in myself, he told me I could do great things. I didn't think so all the time, but I changed my mind."
Halep had won the French Open in 2018 with Cahill and won Wimbledon in 2019 under Daniel Dobre. She reached three Grand Slam finals at the 2014 French Open, the 2017 French Open, and the 2018 Australian Open before winning her first major.
With Cahill back on her side, Halep reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open and won the WTA title in Dubai this year prior to the tennis shutdown. Halep has been ranked she has been No. 1 for 64 weeks and was the year-end No.
1 in 2017 and 2018. She has won 20 WTA singles titles and has finished runner-up 17 times in her career so far. The 28 year old is also the first Romanian woman to be ranked No. 1 and the first Romanian player to win a Wimbledon singles title.