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Simona Halep

Halep pulls out of Dubai Tennis Championships with back issue
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Halep pulls out of Dubai Tennis Championships with back issue

  • Unfortunately I am not feeling 100% in my lower back, and I have made the tough decision to withdraw from the 2021 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
  • "I have great memories from winning my 20th WTA title after some really tough matches in Dubai last year so I'm disappointed that I won't be able to defend my title."
Updated 04 Mar, 2021 09:52pm
Back to the future as more mobile Serena rallies for victory
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Back to the future as more mobile Serena rallies for victory

  • World number two Halep is no slouch around the court, and the pair shared 52 rallies of five shots or more during a heavyweight contest on Rod Laver Arena.
  • "I think 1926, the summer of 1926 I think was the last time I felt that," the 39-year-old smiled.
Published 16 Feb, 2021 07:46pm
Halep looking to be a little less negative after Melbourne exit
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Halep looking to be a little less negative after Melbourne exit

  • My feeling after this match is that I was not that far (away) but she was stronger in the important moments.
  • I had 3-1 in the second set and my serve didn't help me much, so I have to be a little bit stronger on the serve, but it didn't work today.
Published 16 Feb, 2021 07:10pm
Serena leads charge of American women, faces old foe Halep
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Serena leads charge of American women, faces old foe Halep

  • In contrast, Mackenzie McDonald was the only American male player to make the last 16 stage at this year's Australian Open.
  • I think it's great for American tennis ... three women in the quarter-finals of a slam, I think that's great.
Published 15 Feb, 2021 08:35pm
Osaka outlasts in-form Boulter to reach quarters
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Osaka outlasts in-form Boulter to reach quarters

  • Osaka then lifted her intensity, opening to a 4-0 lead before Boulter unexpectedly peeled off three straight games. But the Japanese star refocused to force a deciding set, which she ran away with.
Published 03 Feb, 2021 10:17am
Halep ready for 'mentally hard' quarantine at Australian Open
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Halep ready for 'mentally hard' quarantine at Australian Open

  • The 29-year-old Wimbledon champion had an eventful 2020 season in which she ran up a 17-match winning streak.
  • The start to her 2021 campaign will involve the long journey to Australia in mid-January before two weeks in quarantine ahead of the start of the year's first Grand Slam on Feb. 8.
Published 08 Jan, 2021 05:48pm
Top seed Halep beats Begu to extend winning run to 16
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Top seed Halep beats Begu to extend winning run to 16

  • Halep had won all the previous seven meetings with her 73rd-ranked opponent and jumped to a 3-0 lead on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
  • Begu hit seven more winners than the 2018 champion but also had 15 more unforced errors.
Published 30 Sep, 2020 11:50pm
Halep advances in Rome despite sluggish start
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Halep advances in Rome despite sluggish start

  • World number two Halep, who had skipped the US Open due to COVID-19 concerns and opted to stay in Europe and practice on the claycourts ahead of the French Open.
  • Halep had received a bye into the second round but was far from her best on serve and was broken five times in the match.
Published 16 Sep, 2020 07:11pm
Halep finds groove to reach Prague semi-finals
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Halep finds groove to reach Prague semi-finals

  • I felt better on court today. The fact that she was not hitting very strong meant that I had time to play my game, to be more aggressive.
  • Even if I'm not yet at my highest level, I'm improving, which is good. I'm happy about it... I don't feel insecure on court.
Published 14 Aug, 2020 11:58pm
Halep labours to victory on comeback at Prague Open
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Halep labours to victory on comeback at Prague Open

  • Having secured a crucial break to move 5-3 ahead in the third set, Halep dropped her own serve before squandering three match points.
  • "I'm happy because I could win after a six-month break," the 28-year-old Romanian told a news conference.
Published 11 Aug, 2020 11:50pm