Great hope Halep - How far now?

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How far will Simona Halep go at the 2014 USO?

  1. W/Os before R1

    2.7%
  2. R1

    8.0%
  3. R2

    9.3%
  4. R3

    5.3%
  5. R4

    9.3%
  6. QF

    14.7%
  7. SF

    21.3%
  8. Runner Up/Finalist

    10.7%
  9. Winner

    18.7%
  1. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

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    Three years ago I was pleading with Virginia Ruzici (in forums) to bring Simona Halep to Montreal.
    Now we have in Simona the 2016 Rogerscup champion :cool:

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    Many congratulations on a great week!​
     
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    Love the pics.Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Twitter update after shopping spree​
     
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    In Cincy​
     
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    Halepeno! Love her, and hope she wins the U.S. Open!
     
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    2 wins for Halep in Cincinnati !!!
     
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    Who plays Halep in QF ? Thanks in advance.
     
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    Only Romanian media seem to have caught on Simona's Instagram pic, mentioning a physical prep with Gil Reyes (64, the one on the left of pic), the corner man of Agassi, right before Cincy. The connection, of course, is via Darren Cahill.

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    I, for one, had suggested Pierre Paganini, Federer's physical trainer, as he has had the best longterm results, and without bulking - which I suspect Reyes to be a partisan of. However, this is progress in the right direction.

    BTW, Simona isn't anymore with the Romanian Teo Cercel, her trainer for the last 4 years. In Cincy, beside Cahill, there's also Daniel Dobre on the coaching side, who has been on the Romanian Fedcup team staff.
     
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    Next Radwanska.Winning the event would be the only way to gain points for Halep.
     
  11. ScentOfDefeat

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    Simona will come to Serena's rescue and beat Kerber. She will then fold at the US Open, that Serena will win. Typical.
     
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    Daniel Dobre.....Good!
     
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    Disappointing effort and strategy vs Kerber.
     
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    There goes the consecutive week record for Williams. I doubt Pliskova is gonna stop Kerber.
     
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    Well, she did beat the RG champion.

    Edit: destroyed her, actually.
     
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    What do you think we will see in the final match?
     
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    I think it's pretty wide open. Wouldn't bet either way.
     
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    The most difficult path for a top player at the USO 2016 belongs to Simona Halep:

    Flipkens (in form), Safarova, Babos/Watson, Navarro, S. Wiliams (QF) ...

    If she overcomes Serena without the changes I have suggested in her serve and general style of play, that would be a huge surprise, even though the American is far from her best right now.

    Let's hope she can do that.
     
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    Halep cruises Flipkens.Next unpredictable lefty Safarova.
     
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    Safarova might take 1 set.
     
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    Glad you were wrong.Halep took the first 6-3 with about 75% points won on first serve.
     
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    Ignore my last post.I read first set instead of 1 set.
     
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    She beat Safarova 3 and 4, nice!
     
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    Timea Babos next.I've never seen her play.Wish ESPN Latin America show this match.
     
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    Strange that she has not won a slam yet.
     
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    Watching her replay against Lucie now on TC. Her see-through shorts are a very odd look.

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    Her shorts are very sexy, modern and fashionable, and complement/compliment her physique - the best design move Adidas has made in years. I might not agree with all her technical/strategic moves, but this is a winner, certainly much more so than the nauseatingly, blindingly present Nike yellow.

    Also, she has appeared at the presser in a hoodie - a good move for NYC :cool:
     
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    Showcasing the shorts' structure :cool:


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    "These shorts have built in compression shorts with bold geometric sublimated print visible underneath a woven mesh layer to ensure ventilation. They feature a contrast elastic waistband, Climacool moisture management"
     
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    Halep into the second week.Suarez Navarro is next.
     
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    She may do a Kuznestova - win the Us Open and after that RG and with some luck reaching the number 1 ranking
     
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    Not a good match for her today but glad s won.
     
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    Cliffhanger today.
    Wrong tactics for Simona, IMO, getting into long rallies.
    The one kolossal drop and the one great volley showed the way.
    Video: Simona Halep Interview (Round 3).
    Transcript
    US OPEN

    Saturday, September 3, 2016

    Simona Halep

    Press Conference

    S. HALEP/T. Babos

    6-1, 2-6, 6-4

    THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

    Q. Does it feel good to get through a tough one to finish off the first week?
    SIMONA HALEP: Yeah, of course it feels good that I could win the match. It was really tough. She played unbelievable second and third set. She didn't miss at all. She was hitting very strong, so it was a good challenge for me and it was a good match.

    I'm really proud that I could win it and come back from 3-1 down in the third set.

    Q. She was hitting the ball incredibly clean. You said on the court that you have no idea how you came back. It's been a little bit of time. Do you have any better sense of how you were able to win this match?
    SIMONA HALEP: Yeah. I talked also with my coach, and I know now what I did. Because of this thing I won.

    I just tried to open the court more. I was hitting strong also, but I was too far back and my ball was too short always. She had too much time to come in and be aggressive to dominate me.

    Then I started to play deeper and I think that made the situation to be changed.

    Q. What are you most pleased with in the tournament so far?
    SIMONA HALEP: That I'm in the fourth round, first thing. (Smiling.) And I'm playing good. Even if today I didn't play my best, I played good tennis, good level.

    I was moving very well. I am happy to be back in the fourth round two years in a row, so it's a good thing. I enjoy a lot being here, so it's nice.

    Q. Do you have the sense that the players that didn't go to Rio are a little bit fresher than some of the other players that did?
    SIMONA HALEP: Maybe, yeah, can be. You know, the trip is very long and it's very tiring to go there and to come back.

    But it's enough time already from Rio to here. They have time to recover. But I did a good decision in my opinion and I'm happy with that thing.

    Q. (Indiscernible.)
    SIMONA HALEP: Yeah, from second round the air conditioning was too strong on court. When I got back at the hotel I felt I could not move anymore. It's nothing dangerous. It's not like an injury. It's just blocked.

    So if I warm up it's getting better. But still some points, some movements it's tough for me to get up and to leave.

    Q. It was chilly out there today. How did you adjust?
    SIMONA HALEP: Because the roof was closed. That's why they put air conditioning. Today was better. I didn't feel.

    But I had hot pack around my back and was much better to play with it.

    It's nice. The court is huge, and all the time is air moving there. For everybody is the same.

    Q. What is your opinion of the acoustics, the noise level, with it open versus closed?
    SIMONA HALEP: Closed the noise is bigger a little bit and you feel -- it's indoor so you feel different. When it's open I don't feel the wind that much than the previous years.

    I feel better the ball. I think it's a good thing with the roof. It's good when it's raining. I didn't have to wait the second round to play.

    Q. Have you ever done commentary? How do you think you'd be as a commentator?
    SIMONA HALEP: Me?

    Q. Yeah.
    SIMONA HALEP: No. Very bad, I think. (Smiling.) I'm not a good commentator. Even in Romania, not just in English. I don't like to talk. I don't like to speak. I feel some things, but I cannot explain them in words. So it's better to stay with my job: playing tennis.

    Q. In the past maybe three, four years ago, you maybe have occasionally those matches, especially at the slams, where you couldn't fight back, where you struggled with it. I know you were frustrated with it back then, you know, especially the this summer we have seen you battle through these three-set matches. Can you talk about that evolution a little bit?
    SIMONA HALEP: Yeah, I was working on this thing. I'm stronger mentally and I don't give up anymore during the matches, even if I'm down.

    I think also that I'm feeling the game pretty well and I feel strong on my legs. I feel safe when I'm on court. That's why I refuse to lose. I just say all the time, every point, that I have another chance to get back and to win the match.

    Today I had in my head just that I can win the match, and I have just to take point by point. So it was a good thing, and I want also to improve more in this. I don't want to go again to 1-3 in the third set.

    Q. Romanian and Hungarian teams meet each other, there is always some tension because of historical reasons. Do you think in the future this is going to be changed, this one like positive, like with you, new generation representative and totally different approach and sports is going to be the first place?
    SIMONA HALEP: I think this thing was in the past. I don't feel that at all. Timea is a very nice girl. I'm talking with her all the time. She's very, very cool and we have no problems.

    So I never had problems with Hungarian people. It's just normal for me.

    I take it on court when I am I take all the opponents just to fight against them, but nothing bad or nothing just negative. Just positive and just who is is gonna be better or win.
     
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    11 am tomorrow, USO 2016

    Women's Singles - R4
    Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) [11]
    vs.
    Simona Halep (ROU) [5]

    As Armstrong is fast and windy, I'll give Simona a 60% chance to win. Otherwise balanced. Carla might be late on some of her ample swings.
     
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    Halep is aggressive, and trying to take the game from her opponents with speed, but if that's Cahill's strategy, that might not work against players who do that as a secondary measure...in their sleep.
     
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    Let's see her now against Serena. I hope she will put up a good fight and who knows ?!...
     
  39. ScentOfDefeat

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    I'll give her about 5% chance to win that match. Serena is in a different league.
     
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    Yes, Serena is in a league of her own but things happen. How many would have thought she would lose two GS finals to good but not exceptional players. I certainly did not think so but when things align.. well, it's possible.
     
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    She's bound to lose a couple of semifinals or finals. She's won 22 Slams. The strange thing would've been to never lose. And yet she's as close to never losing as you can possibly be in this sport.
     
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    Sure thing and this is what I was trying to say. Halep could be there with a great performance and make it happen. She is capable of and she's done it before. I hope for a good match though regardless the outcome. Too bad she is meeting Serena too early in the tournament.
     
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    Simona can win if she keeps the ball away from Serena, consistently making her run. Not an easy proposition, but the only available.
     
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    I'm not complaining about getting to see Simona in a see-through anything outfit! :D
     
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    100%. If she only tries to return the ball in the middle of the court Serena will destroy her in no time.
     
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    I'm pleased with her performance tonight despite the loss.I think it was a winnable match.Need to improve that second serve.Still a little bit tentative at times from taking the net when needed.But I think she is on the right track.
     
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    Hello, everyone,

    Simona Halep's push for Grand Slams and #1 - and I am convinced she has the talent and the shots for both, but she is not training the required variety, simply not preparing properly, to speak openly - has been unfortunately undermined, hamstrung, by years of less-than-optimal development and strategic perspective, and this continues to this day, for in spite of an admirable effort in yesterday's match:

    Yesterday, and as usual, Simona fed Serena a steady diet of topspin balls, exactly what Serena likes. Hello?

    Yesterday, Simona didn't have variety: no slice. Hello?

    Yesterday, Simona let Serena take the initiative at the net, by attempting only rarely to come there. Hello?

    Yesterday, Simona let Serena have the large majority of dropshots. Hello?

    Yesterday, Simona's serve was only slightly better than at the beginning of the year, but not to the extent she is capable of. Think about it: Henin at a comparable height had 117 mph, Simona 108. But Henin had a full shoulder-torso-body rotation, brought about by using Sampras's and Federer's platform stance. And be on standby on this one.

    Yesterday, Simona's forehand could have benefitted from a full conversion to the ATP style of forehand, to which Henin switched in order to beat the big girls - and Henin managed to do so. Hello?

    Thus, when great titles, glory, and millions are lost - including for coaching - it bears repeating what I have been saying for three years now, and I repeated in July 2015:

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    Hello, everyone,

    FWIW, I was oney of those militating for a new coach for Simona Halep last year, after her defeat at Singapore in the final with Serena Williams:

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    Personally, if I were Halep, with all great results (including on the financial side), which I'd be blind not to see and appreciate, I'd change coaches right now, as I honestly don't see any progress on the crucial technical and strategical side this year:

    - STILL no slice

    - STILL no volley, no occasional S-V

    - not enough dropshots

    - STILL no plan B to speak of (see Serena today, she applied her plan B throughout by coming to the net on each and every short ball)

    - not enough coach on-court intervention to change course (perhaps Halep doesn't like that), including in today's match

    just a good maintenance at a very good level, for which she should thank the current coach.

    I had the same recommendation for Bouchard, even though her results aren't quite at the same level as Halep's.

    Otherwise, she will continue to lack the variety of means to beat the best on a consistent basis, and will wear out her body, by her current insistance on staying parked at the baseline. She should change her style more toward's Henin's, than Clijsters'.

    Am I too harsh? I don't think so. And I have had this recommendation for some time; as well, it's only confirmed by today's match.

    There is a time for everything, and this is the best time for it, before putting in the hard work for the next season.

    Suggestions? Paul Annacone, Stefan Edberg (even part time would help tremendously; and he might become available), Carlos Rodriguez (I know he has that academy in China, and he left even Li Na in the lurch because of it), even Justine Henin (if Mauresmo coaches, why not her? she has a tennis academy).

    Now, Henin might not be available for touring as a coach for now:

    Henin willing to look at coaching after having another child
    http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014...fter-having-another-child/51735/#.VE6bH6OQhPx

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/inde...discussion-thread.515573/page-12#post-8844459

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    A new series of coaches has passed Simona's way and have been dismissed since then, however the ideas do not seem to have changed in her camp, for her game plan A wasn't improved, and no plan B has become available (since November 2014 to this June 2015). In the meanwhile, she has scored painful defeats (as in the Australian, at Roland Garros or in even in Miami against Serena), together with some great success (Indian Wells). Let me be clear, it is a great achievement to be number 2 or 3 in the world, but it is not even by far the same as becoming number 1 at the end of the year, or winning Grand Slams, and this is the name of the game for someone of Simona's talent.

    Simon Halep has the shots (the volleys, the dropshots, the high topspin, the slice) but she is not using them enough or at all, or in the right proportion, even though she has great hands. I am convinced that, like Bouchard, she is not training enough such variety, for having it available in matches, and for being mentally ready to use them. Not only that, but the opposition have caught up to her somewhat uniform style, and it is _them_ who are using first variety to beat her (Wozniacki, by slicing and coming to the net to volley, at Stuttgart; Mladenovic, by volleying and dropshotting her at Roland Garros). This should be a big warning sign for Simona.

    I, for one, and being enforced in my convictions by her latest results, continue to believe that only something similar with Henin's game, based on variety (in order to befuddle the opponents, to mess up their footwork and contact point) and shortening of the exchanges (in order to reduce the body wear), can be successful for someone of Halep's height, if she wants to be successful against Serena and Sharapova, or against other heavy hitters, such as Lucic, and if she wants to achieve that while having a long career in full health.

    And Wimbledon would be a great place to see such changes implemented: the grass favors the slice, the dropshots, the net play, the short exchanges, the breaks in rhythm, the surprise.

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    A bon entendeur, salut!
     
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    Agreed. She fought hard against an opponent that was a massive favorite, and she forced her to really raise her game. Unfortunately for Simona, Serena was just too powerful, and she served incredibly well to start the match, so that set got away from Simona in a hurry. Credit to her for battling hard in the second set, and fighting off all those break points. Most people would not have picked her to win a set against Serena, but I give her a ton of credit. I think she's on the right track to being able to win a slam, she just needs to work on some things, mostly finding a way to stay positive on the court.
     
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    Yes.I mean 12+ aces.Williams started so fast in the first set it was unreal.
     
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