“Will Not Make a Drama”: Simona Halep Following Her Loss to Aryna Sabalenka at Stuttgart Open 2021

Published 04/25/2021, 6:16 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep looks dejected after her quarter final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott


World No. 3 Simona Halep took on the fifth seed Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinal of the WTA Stuttgart Open 2021. The Belarusian raised a few eyebrows as she beat the Romanian player without much trouble. Halep went down to Sabalenka in straight sets, 3-6 2-6 in a match that lasted for only 66 minutes.

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After her loss, Simona Halep was disappointed and insisted on having some chocolate to cheer herself up. She did feel the agony of the unfortunate loss and felt the need to relax. The Romanian athlete did not wish to create a drama and instead work on her flaws and perform better the next time she steps on the court.

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)

The 29-year-old player stated, “Tonight I will have a chocolate and I will just try to relax as much as possible, even if I’m frustrated and a little bit upset about what happened. But I will not make a drama as always. I just want to see ahead what I have to do better the next time I play her.”

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Simona Halep served poorly during her semifinal match in Stuttgart

In the match, Simona was let down by her serve. Having registered five double faults and managing to win only 45% of her second serve points, proved costly for the former Grand Slam champion. On the contrary, Aryna Sabalenka won more than 80% of her second serve points and managed to break her opponent thrice during the match.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021, Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka in action during her fourth round match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

The Belarusian athlete will now take on World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in the final and will look to add the WTA Stuttgart Open 2021 to her list of titles.

Coming onto Simona and her current season, she began competing at the Australian Open. However, she lost in the quarterfinal to American legend Serena Williams.

Later, she competed in the Miami Open but had to pull off midway due to a shoulder injury. After losing in Stuttgart this week, she is scheduled to feature in the first WTA 1000 clay-court event of the season in Madrid.

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Halep: ‘…tonight I will have a chocolate and I will just

try to relax as much as possible, even if I’m frustrated and a little bit upset about what happened. But I will not make a drama as always. I just want to see ahead what I
have to do better the next time I play her’

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— Ravi Ubha (@raviubha) April 24, 2021

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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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