“Not Very, Very Far”: Simona Halep Sends Out Ominous Message to Rivals Ahead of Australian Open 2021

Published 01/28/2021, 3:30 AM EST
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)


Women’s World Number 2 Simona Halep has said that she is not too far from landing her maiden Australian Open title.

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The Romanian tennis star tasted Grand Slam glory at the French Open and Wimbledon but hasn’t managed to lift the trophy at Melbourne Park as yet. The closest she came to winning the championship Down Under was in 2018 when she reached the final. However, the Romanian came up short in the title showdown against former Dane tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

Simona Halep and her performances at the Australian Open

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Last year, Halep reached the semi-final, raising visions of winning her first Australian Open title. But she went down to eventual losing finalist Garbine Muguruza in the last-four tie.

Simona Halep of Romania plays a forehand in her Ladies’ Singles first round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus during Day one of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 01, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Speaking on a podcast ahead of the year’s first Grand Slam, Halep said that she is aware that it’s about taking one step further to where she has reached previously in the tournament and is hopeful that it will happen this year.

The 2018 French Open champion said she can derive a lot of “confidence” from where her game is at right now and is “not very, very far” from winning the tournament.

“I have to trust that I’m there and have the possibility to win the tournament,” the former World Number 1 said.

Halep underlines quarantine challenge in Adelaide

Underlining the importance of working hard and keeping the faith, Halep said that as long as she keeps fighting, she will be in with a chance to win titles more often than not.

On her quarantine experience in Adelaide, the 2019 Wimbledon champion said, “It’s not easy because we have to stay only in the room and we have just four hours to go to the (practice) court and train.”

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However, she added that she does not train for more than two hours and uses the remaining two to “enjoy her room”.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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