Top Seed Simona Halep Once Again Suffers the Disappointing Loss From French Open in Melbourne

Published 02/05/2021, 2:36 AM EST
SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 28: Simona Halep of Romania speaks to her coach Darren Cahill during a break in her Women’s Singles match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada on Day Two of the 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on October 28, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Two-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep was up against Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova in the quarterfinal of the WTA 500 Melbourne 2021 tournament. Both players have won one match each against each other. In their third meeting, the Russian didn’t hold back and glided through a comfortable victory over the Romanian player, 6-2 6-1. 

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As the match began, the Romanian served brilliantly, registering 86.4% of her first serves against her opponents 58.8%. But Halep won a mere 42.1% of her first-serve points, which proved to be costly. Alexandrova took advantage of the situation and handed her opponent three breaks in the opening set and won 6-2. 

Simona Halep of Romania reacts during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Iga Swiatek of Poland on day eight of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 04, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Russian handed Simona Halep an early break in the second set

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In the second set, the Russian carried the momentum and handed her opponent the early break. She raced away and took a 3-0 lead. Finally, after losing nine straight games, Halep won her first game in the second set, to make it 3-1. But it did not prove enough, as the Russian kept sailing and eventually took the second set, 6-1. 

MASON, OH – AUGUST 15: Simona Halep of Romania confers with her coach Darren Cahill between sets while playing Ajla Tomjanovic of Australia during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

This was one of the lowest results in the Romanian’s career. She lost the match in 59 minutes. During the entire match, Halep registered a better service percentage over her opponent but failed to capitalize on winning those points. Alexandrova sensed the opportunity and sealed the match in her favor. 

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With that win, the Russian moves into the semifinal and will face Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi. On the other hand, Simona will look to brush aside this loss and focus on the Australian Open. She was the runner-up in 2018, where she lost to Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki. 

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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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