“Important To Be a Flag Bearer”: Simona Halep Dreams To Win an Olympic Gold Medal

Published 03/21/2021, 10:02 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates winning her fourth round match against Poland’s Iga Swiatek REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


World No. 3 Simona Halep has raised to bar in women’s tennis. Over the past years, she has been amongst the top players. During that spell, she has won twenty-two titles on the women’s Tour. She has also won two Grand Slam titles at the 2018 French Open and 2019 Wimbledon Championships. 

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Recently, Simona Halep revealed her desire to win an Olympic Gold medal and aimed to compete at the 2024 Olympic Games. The Romanian star also wished to captain her nation at the Fed Cup and felt it was important to be a flag bearer for Romania. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during her fourth round match against Poland’s Iga Swiatek REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Simona Halep fancies the Fed Cup and Olympic Gold Medal

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In the interview, the former World No. 1 stated, “I gave everything I could at the FED Cup, it’s my dream to win the trophy, I say it’s possible, we have a strong team, we have people who are with us. I would not give up the third Grand Slam tournament, but I would put the FED Cup trophy in front of him.

“In front of them, yes, the Gold medal at the Olympic Games, which would close a box, which is my career so far.” 

(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Her revelation that she would prioritize an Olympic Gold medal ahead of her third Grand Slam title indicates her eagerness to win something representing her nation. In doing so, she could tick off an objective off her bucket list. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during her second round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic REUTERS/Kelly Defina

The 29-year-old added, “It’s very important to be a flag bearer. I fight to make good results and to keep the flag. My plan is to play in the 2024 Olympic Games. To be a captain at the FED Cup one day. Not necessarily after I retire, to be a captain during my career. It would be an honor.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Reflecting on the current season, Simona competed at the Australian Open but lost in the quarterfinal to American legend Serena Williams. After that, she has not played a competitive tournament and will feature at the Miami Open next week. It’ll be interesting to see how the Romanian player fairs in the season.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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