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How far will Simona Halep go at the 2014 USO?


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Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
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BNP PARIBAS OPEN

March 12, 2019

Simona Halep

Indian Wells, California

M. VONDROUSOVA/S. Halep 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Bad luck today. One of our very close mutual friends, Gil Reyes, someone who every time your name comes up, he smiles like you're smiling right now and speaks so glowingly of you. After a tough day like today, what are some of the things Gil would say to you that always seems to improve a player's perspective?
SIMONA HALEP: That a loss is not like you lose the battle. I have to learn what I have done wrong today and just looking forward for tomorrow. It's a new day. And that I have enough power to move forward even if I lost today. And to believe in myself. He always told me that.

Actually, I met him few years ago before No. 1 and Grand Slam, and his words help me a lot always.

Q. Just can you talk through the match today? What do you think were the difficulties? Just talk through it.
SIMONA HALEP: Yeah, I think she played really well today. I found the rhythm after the second set. I felt like I can win that match.

But after that first game, I lost a lot of energy, those balls, and I feel like I rushed a little bit more after, and I made some mistakes. Then she dominated the match.

I think I played a little bit wrong. I was running too much and too defensive. But it's everything I could do today, and I just want to chill now and then to see how I have to play better against her.

Q. What's your sense of that Stadium 2 court in terms of how different it plays compared to Stadium 1?
SIMONA HALEP: Yeah, it's a little bit too noisy, because the people are talking nonstop. But we are in the same position, both of the players. I don't pay much attention on that. I just try to focus on every point.

Q. She's quite young. How aware were you of her before the match? Was there anything about her game that surprised you today?
SIMONA HALEP: Because she's lefty is a little bit difficult. We don't get to play that much with lefties. The ball was coming opposite spin and was tough to get the rhythm.

I knew that she's young, and she has nothing to lose today. And also that she has a good form right now.

So I expected a tough match, and I knew that it's going to be very difficult.

Q. What do the next few days look like for you now? Do you stay here and get a couple of days off or will you try and adjust to the new environment in Miami?
SIMONA HALEP: Two days off. I will stay here. I will try to relax myself because I feel a little bit tired. Were tough matches.

I will stay here because it's quiet, and then I will have enough time to get used to Miami.

Q. Now that you have won a major championship, are these losses a little bit easier to shake off? There is a little bit less pressure and you know that every week you will have these tough battles. And also, do you look forward again to the clay court season knowing that's where you have had your best result?
SIMONA HALEP: Yes (praying hands). My ankles are hurting. I'm looking forward to the clay court.

Yeah, the losses are easier now. I shake it off faster, but still, I'm disappointed and upset. Actually, today I cried after a long time. It's normal. And I give 100% of my inside on every match, every tournament, so that's why I suffer a little bit when I lose. But I learn from these matches.

I'm looking forward for the next week, next tournament, and I won't give up.

Q. Why did you let loose the emotion after this match? And then secondly, what's the worst kind of post-loss cry you ever had?
SIMONA HALEP: The cry was, the worst one, was after French Open final 2017. I think everyone knows that and feels that.

And today I just, yeah, it just came (smiling). Yeah, I cried a little bit, because I felt that I need to cry. I suffer for every loss. So I think it's a good thing.

Q. Wouldn't it just sometimes be easier to do it the way Nick does it and shatter a frame instead of the crying afterward?
SIMONA HALEP: We are different, thanks God. (Smiling.) And everyone is showing the emotions in own way.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=147678
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Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
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Halep announces Daniel Dobre as new coach, talks Andreescu rise at Miami Open

"I trust him, and we had a good collaboration in the past," Halep said of Dobre. "The most important thing is that I feel good with him. We have a good connection, and it makes things easier."

"I need to feel a connection, inspiration. You always want a coach with the best technique, but after 20 years of playing tennis, you can’t change much technically or tactically. For me, the most important thing is connection."

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SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Simona and Julia Goerges did well in their 1st round partnership in Miami. Not sure, was this collaboration a last minute thing? Anywho, I just found the replay on ESPN for Court 6 (Saturday, 3/23). It appears they took out the #2 seeds of Mlad & Babos
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Simona and Julia Goerges did well in their 1st round partnership in Miami. Not sure, was this collaboration a last minute thing? Anywho, I just found the replay on ESPN for Court 6 (Saturday, 3/23). It appears they took out the #2 seeds of Mlad & Babos
From the short shadows on the court, it looks like this was played mid-day (very late AM or early PM) on Sat.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
So what has happened with her match today vs Pliskova? Went to take a look at the score only 2C that play had been suspended at 3-3. Lack of sunshine in the Sunshine State? Except for the tied set score, it appears that all the other stats are in Simona's favor. She's won 56% of all points and appears to be serving better than Karolina. Hoping she keeps it up when when play resumes?

 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
FedCup SF this coming weekend in Rouen:

Romania: Simona Halep, Irina Begu, Mihaela Buzarnescu, Monica Niculescu and Raluca Olaru.
vs
France: Caroline Garcia, Pauline Parmentier, Alize Cornet, Kristina Mladenovic and Fiona Ferro.
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Roland Garros 2019
Path : Tomljanovic, Linette, Tsurenko, Wang, Sabalenka/Kvitova, Osaka/Barty/S. Williams, Pliskova/Kerber/Bertens
Not bad ...

Caveat: Simona had some difficulty to beat Tomljanovic in their previous and only match.
 
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Fintft

Hall of Fame
Congrats to Simona for destroying Azarenka (after coming back from 1-3 in the first set)!

Keep up the good work and time to teach young Coco Gaugh more tennis :)
 

ALEXT

Semi-Pro
Outstanding performance, outstanding result..... Congrats Simona!

Now she needs AO or USO or both next..... Doable I think if she can play the tennis she played today and truly believe she can do it again.

I think Wimbledon was the least likely GS to win for her but now that that hurdle is out of the way, AO and/or USO are more attainable. Maybe not this year but sometime in the next few seasons. What an achievement would be for her to get the career GS!

In the meantime I hope she finally gets some of the Premier 5/M tournaments that she narrowly missed at one point or another in her career - Cincinnati, Wuhan, Beijing, Rome, Miami as well as the Finals.....

If she keeps at it, she could do all that....
 
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ALEXT

Semi-Pro
Does this give her a shot at regaining world #1 anytime soon?
Not anytime soon. She may actually drop before USO unless she defends her W and F at Toronto and Cincinnati.

Barty, Osaka, Pliskova don't have much to defend before USO ( Toronto SF for Barty is the highest).
 

ALEXT

Semi-Pro
Good thing is that the 1500 points at Toronto and Cincinnati are all she needs to defend from last year for the rest of the season so she still has a good shot for YE#1 provided she is healthy and plays decently well for the hard season and finals.

She is #2 in the race now less than 500 points behind Barty. The race is still open and anything can happen till the end of the season.
 

ALEXT

Semi-Pro
It's all hard court from now on to the end of the season.
I know...Also Simona has done wonders at Rogers cup recently, hasn't she?

Why Cincci shoud be hard court, correct? In preparation for USO?
Yes. She did quite well at Rogers Cup in the past 4 years - F, SF in Toronto (2015, 2017) and won twice in Montreal (2016, 2018).

Cincinnati she played 3 Finals (2015, 2017, 2018) and I think a SF (2016) in the same period, all lost. Maybe she will finally win Cincy one day.....
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
@Fintft
Does this give her a shot at regaining world #1 anytime soon?
Not soon. She'll be #4 on Monday but might not acquire any additional points in the next 4+ weeks. At this point, she does not appear to be committed to play any events before Canada (Toronto this year) -- starting August 5th. US Open Series starts at the end of the month but she has not yet signed up for San Jose or DC at the end of the month.

900 points to defend for her Canadian title and, the following week, another 585 points to defend as runner-up for Cincy. It is quite a feat to get to both (back-to-back) finals. Simona did it for the 2nd time last year. Serena has done it once or twice as well. Don't believe that either woman has won both events in the same year.
 

Ruark

Semi-Pro
Who was the guy in the gray tshirt up in the stands? He was laughing and giggling during the post-match ceremonies.
 

ALEXT

Semi-Pro
Some ranking stuff for Rogers Cup where she has the title and 900 points to defend.

* She can't go higher than #4 before Rogers Cup as Barty, Osaka, Pliskova have no points to defend before Rogers Cup.

* Barty has 350 points to defend from last year SF (she lost to Halep). The other 2 have nothing material to defend.

* At the beginning of the week when Rogers Cup starts, she will drop to #5 in live rankings.
If she wins, she will go back up to #4 max.

* She can be overtaken theoretically by one of the following if any of them win the title and Halep loses the first match: Bartens, Kvitova, Svitolina.

As far as Race goes, she can take #1 if she wins and Barty loses in SF or earlier. She can also drop 1-2 places depending on Kvitova/Pliskova results and assuming Halep exits first rounds so no new points.

So Barty, Bartens, Pliskova, Kvitova, Svitolina are the ones to watch as relative influencers for Halep's ranking at the end of Rogers Cup in addition of course to her own performance.

I wouldn't be surprised by an early exit from Rogers Cup to be honest but hope for a good run at Cincy.
 
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