“Always I Have Confidence”: Simona Halep Reflects On Favorable Conditions at Mutua Madrid Open 2021

Published 05/01/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 23, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during her quarter final match against Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat


Former world number one and two-time grand slam champion Simona Halep is yet to make a solid return to form this year on the WTA tour. Having played few tournaments so far, the Romanian managed to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and lost in the semi-finals of the recently concluded Stuttgart Open. 

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Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 24, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during her semi final match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat

Simona Halep gets a solid first-round victory at Madrid Masters

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Being an elite clay-court player, Halep is one of the top contenders to win the ongoing Mutua Madrid Open. A two-timer winner at the Madrid Open(2016, 2017), Halep won her first-round match in straight sets over the Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0,7-5. 

The Romanian was exquisite in her game plan for most of the match. She won the first set comfortably and had a hefty lead of 5-1 over the Spaniard in the second.

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A momentary lapse of concentration led Simona to lose four straight games as Tormo leveled the match 5-5 and looked confident enough to enforce a tie-breaker. 

However, Halep was quick to get back on her feet as she broke the Spaniard’s serve in the eleventh game of the second set; she won her service game and won the match after being threatened by Tormo for a brief period in that set. 

Speaking about her opponent’s confidence, Halep commented that she expected a tough match, and the opponent delivered accordingly. 

“I’m happy to be here”- Halep on playing in Madrid

She definitely played much better in the second set, and she was more aggressive. I lost a little bit of concentration, and then I started to miss a little bit more. But even if I was a set and 5-1 up, I knew that she can come back. I expected a tough battle, and it was.”

As expected, Halep dominated longer rallies and played critical points throughout the match with a fighting zest and got the much-deserved victory.

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Talking about how much she loves playing in Madrid, the Romanian said, “Coming to Madrid, always I have confidence because I like the courts, I like the conditions. I’m good. I’m happy to be here.”

Halep will now face the Chinese player Zheng Saisai in the second round. The Romanian has a perfect 2-0 head-to-head record over Zheng, which predicts a comfortable two-sets victory for the Romanian once again.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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