Martina Navratilova thinks New York being a very loud place is probably one of the reasons why Simona Halep has struggled at the US Open throughout her career. Halep, a two-time Grand Slam champion, is a quiet type of person and very introverted.
Halep is a five-time Grand Slam finalist but she has never made a final at Flushing Meadows. The US Open is the only Grand Slam where Halep hasn't reached a final. Halep did reach one US Open semifinal but she hasn't played really well at Flushing Meadows throughout her career since she has several early exits at the tournament.
But Halep won Toronto two weeks ago and Navratilova feels this can be the year the Romanian makes a really strong US Open run.
Navratilova on Halep's chances of making a US Open run
"She’s hitting the ball well, but the courts here are fast.
She’s struggled in New York with the crowd, that whole New York vibe. She more of a quiet person, suited to Wimbledon or the French Open. Yeah, she’s definitely a possibility, there’s no doubt," Navratilova told the WTA website.
Last year, Emma Raducanu put up a stunning run to win the US Open as a qualifier. This year, Navratilova doesn't expect to see a surprise winner. "This time, I don’t think we’ll have a surprise winner, but maybe another first-time [major] winner.
Like Madison Keys, who made the semifinals in Cincinnati. It’s the best she’s played since the start of the season. Could be Coco Gauff, the way she’s playing, too," Navratilova said. Also, Navratilova named a few dark horses.
"Daria Kasatkina, maybe? Jil Teichmann, she’s dangerous. Petra Kvitova, she played well in Cincinnati, but it hasn’t been that humid. She struggles in the humidity, so we’ll see what it’s like in New York. And Cincinnati champion Caroline Garcia. She’s been playing great," Navratilova said.