“Fighting Against My Own Moods”: Simona Halep Reveals Her Mental State While Playing Tennis

December 10, 2020 10:30 pm

World No. 2 Simona Halep had quite an impressive 2020 season. She went through a lot of ups and downs but ended the year at the second spot in the WTA rankings.

In a recent short film/documentary, Halep shared her journey as a tennis player. She also talked about her mental state during matches and discussed her emotional status as well.

“My stress and emotionality are about me. I mean, I never think to myself- Oh man! my opponent is going to come in and throw God knows how many balls at me and beat me,” began Simona Halep.

Halep believes that her biggest opponent is herself. She revealed that she faced more problems in fighting her mental state rather than fighting her emotions.

“No, I’m not just fighting my opponent and the game of tennis only. I’m also fighting against my own moods, my mental state, sometimes, my emotions,” added the 2-time Grand Slam winner.

Halep definitely didn’t enjoy a great mood, especially with the coronavirus pandemic. However, she fought and fought hard to overcome her mental problems.

“I have a quarrel with myself”- Simona Halep

Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates during her third-round match against Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Halep highlighted that it used to be tough for her to go to the court and fight with her emotions. She said that she only used to quarrel with no one else but herself.

“I was taught to believe I don’t have any quarrels with anyone. What’s worse is that I have a quarrel with myself. Every time I’m out there on the court, there’s something about me that’s bothering me. All the pressure is on. All the focus is on me,” concluded the Romanian player.

It was definitely tough for Halep to perform well in this mental state. What would have been tougher was to open up about her mood swings. However, just like a champion on the court, Simona Halep is trying to battle it out. She will be returning back to the court at the Australian Open 2021.

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