World no. 2 Simona Halep has played three WTA tournaments so far in 2020, with the coronavirus halting the entire season from the beginning of March. The best players of the world were forced to skip Indian Wells and Simona Halep wasn't among those who already traveled to the USA, struggling with a foot injury and withdrawing from the tournament even before the coronavirus outbreak.
Now, the Romanian feels much better, already running and having no pain during her training sessions. As we all know, Simona will not be able to defend her Wimbledon crown this year, with no tennis at least until the second part of July and probably in the rest of 2020 as well, with the virus spreading around the globe and making it impossible to stage events with people from all over the world.
In Adelaide, Halep suffered a tough loss to Aryna Sabalenka in the second round, raising her level at the Australian Open to reach the semis, dropping 22 games in nine sets before losing to Garbine Muguruza after a titanic battle.
Returning to action in Dubai, Halep prevailed against Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina in the final to secure the title, hoping for more of the same once the season continues. "The foot looks good, I have started to run already and I don't have pain at all," Halep said.
"I don't play tennis yet but being able to do the training means a lot and gives me a big positive actually. I miss my team, I miss the players, I miss the tournaments, I miss everyone from the Tour. I know the period is a bit tough for everybody.
But if we stay home, if we stay strong and positive, it will help a lot. I can't wait to travel again, I can't wait to play tennis again and I can't wait to see you."