Great hope Halep - How far now?

How far will Simona Halep go at the 2014 USO?


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flyingboris

Legend
Did @Marius_Hancu die? This dude hasn’t double-posted in ages.
Good news: if he passed, it must have been extremely recently.
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Marius_Hancu

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For myself, this is the greatest TECHNICAL upset I've seen since Navratilova being upset by Mandlikova in the 1985 US Open final.

And I do not have a qualm to rank Sergyi Snigur (Snigur's father) already as one of the great amateur coaches such as Karolyi Seles, Richard Williams, or Peter Fisher (who coached Sampras}, true creators who invented original systems of play and thus have been always in my estimation better than the majority of professional coaches, esp those from academies.

Halep was a disadvantage today with a classical ball, quite high-bouncing, in comparison with a ball that was hit as for topspin, but behaved like a heavy slice or flat ball. Perhaps Rosewall's legendary slice was something like this, racquet face plane parallel to ground up till very close to contact, when the racq face was switched into angles compatible with the slice, producing an amazing torque on the ball.

Simona didn't like to change her game to systematjcally use the slice or change to a more powerful serving technique and a more aggressive, all-court system, as it was described by myself years ago in my thread at this site dedicated her.

First, she never wanted to adopt or even design a system able to beat the big hitters, or to better weaponize herself.

But that was her choice, guided by financial constancy and stability, not by tennis glory or beauty, and that she has achieved, guided by PR b-$hitters like Hodor, who for years guarded the access to her.

But 2 instead of potentially 8 GSs is a huge difference, which can't be hidden behind $40 mil, or whatever.

One can say she never got or tried to be a Nastase of the sport, she was happy to remain a hard-working, plodding Tiriac with much more money in the bank than the other avatar.
 
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Marius_Hancu

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Halep after match:

"She has a quite weird tennis. Everything surprised me. I think she played extraordinary tennis, I was a bit under pressure as her balls were very accurate, very close to the line, very hard balls, They did not jump much and she played quite fast.

I did not find solutions to her game. She played very well and fully deserved to win."


Exactly what I told you, and clearly there were no solutions from Muratoglu.
 
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SystemicAnomaly

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Halep after match:

"She has a quite weird tennis. Everything surprised me. I think she played extraordinary tennis, I was a bit under pressure as her balls were very accurate, very close to the line, very hard balls, They did not jump much and she played quite fast.

I did not find solutions to her game. She played very well and fully deserved to win."


Exactly what I told you, and clearly there were no solutions from Muratoglu.
Interesting. Didn't see the match. Was shocked to hear about the upset. Just took a look at the stats & noticed that Simona's numbers were a bit better -- on both serves & returns. Overall, Halep won 76 points vs 70 pts for her opponent. A shame she didn't winning a majority of the most critical points tho
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Many changes lately in Halep's life.

She:
- loses in the 1st R of US Open
- divorces from businessman Toni Iuruc
- searches for a house in the South of France (will she change residence?)
- has nose and plastic surgery to fix breathing problems which allegedly bothered her in the latest tournaments
 
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THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
With the moderators deleting the thread related to the accusations of Halep's ban from tennis in the wake of her positive test, and this thread being a longtime catch-all for Halep news, I suppose any new developments about her situation should be posted here.
 

30-0

New User
She is absolutely right. It has been 8 months, judge her case already!
And no, the fact that they found Roxadustat in her blood is not proof that she's guilty. She herself has proof of the opposite, but would the competent court(s) examine her proof? No. I hope she sues the pants off them in a civil lawsuuit, whatever the outcome.
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru

Former world No. 1 Simona Halep hit with second doping charge amid suspension​

at Yahoo, by Jack Baer, April 19, 2023​


Simona Halep's full statement on it [as quoted in the same article above]​


Since October 7, when I got charged by the ITIA for a suspicion of doping, I have lived the worst nightmare I have ever gone through in my life.
Not only has my name been soiled in the worst possible way, but am facing a constant determination from the ITIA for a reason that I cannot understand, to prove my guilt while I haven't EVER even thought of taking any illicit substance.
I tried two times to have the opportunity to be judged by an Independent Tribunal and the ITIA has constantly found reasons to postpone.
Now that we have clearly established that I have been victim of a contamination, they came up with a so-called not normal evolution of my blood. Three world renowned experts that have studied my blood tests have been extremely clear that my blood is totally normal.
I feel helpless facing such harassment and a motivation on their behalf to prove me guilty of something I never did. Once again, all my life I have been totally against any sort of cheating.
It doesn't align with my values.
The only thing I hope for, at this point, is to have the possibility to finally access the independent and impartial judges in a Tribunal, that will give me the chance to prove my innocence.
I have full trust in justice and I look forward to finally being able to present my case at my hearing that is scheduled at the end of May, after several delays by the ITIA.
The support of my loved ones, the tennis world and my fans have given me the courage to continue to practice every day and fight for the truth.
I cannot thank you more for that.
Love, Simona
 
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bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
For such a major player, I forget she's not around. One way or the other, they should wrap up the proceedings. They don't seem too pressed.
 
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tennis4me

Hall of Fame
Not looking good again. It appears that ITIA is compelled to make a statement that nothing has been decided and that her entry in the USO open is provisional. Yes, we already know that. It sounds like show of power. Beginning to look unlikely that they will decide before USO.
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
I believe she's set to lose most of her 1000 points around 2nd week of August, unless something happens before then. Majority of the points (900 points) was from her win from Toronto.
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
She's officially out of the Top 500 at #578, and will be out of top 1000 at around #1139 with merely 10 WTA pts left next week. The silence and delays are unprecedented.
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
It's official: Simona Halep is NOT playing at this year's US Open according to the organizers last night. (From GSP.ro)

To be able to play, she would've needed a favorable verdict by Monday, August 21, a week before the tournament was due to start. But as we know, still no verdict.
 

JJGUY

Hall of Fame
we have a thread here with more details and discussions of the ITIA disclosure,

 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Halep has already some time ago filed an action in justice against the company Schinoussa Superfood, which manufactured the main tainted supplement involved (Keto MCT). Experts assume the requested damages are over 10 million $.
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
we have a thread here with more details and discussions of the ITIA disclosure,

Abracadabra and ... it's gone.
 

JJGUY

Hall of Fame
Abracadabra and ... it's gone.

google has a cache of part of it

 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Simona Halep has stopped working with Mouratoglu, who has quite late recognized providing her with the incriminated substances. Joining his academy seems to have been a capital mistake.

 
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robyrolfo

Hall of Fame
Simona Halep has stopped working with Mouratoglu, who has quite late recognized providing her with the incriminated substances. Joining his academy seems to have been a capital mistake.

Not sure if that is really the truth (that she had no idea about it, and just trusted the advice of the Mouratoglu people), but if it is true, I feel really, really bad for her.
 

yonexRx32

Professional
I read somewhere, that she had just let go her manager of 14 years, Virginia Ruzici, herself a winner at RG, and her other staff to be fully coached and managed by Mouratoglu. Karma is a B****.
 
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Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
There are reports that during the 2nd day, Patrick Mouratoglou was questioned and that he said he and/or his academy carry the responsibility for the involuntary contamination of the supplements taken by Simona Halep.
 
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