Simona Halep Reunites With Former Coach After Parting Ways With Darren Cahill

Published 09/29/2021, 12:56 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates winning her second round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic REUTERS/Kelly Defina


After putting an end to one of the most successful player-coach relationships on the WTA tour, Simona Halep included former Romanian Davis Cup player Adrian Marcu to her coaching team. Halep had announced her split with Cahill a few days ago.

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Daniel Dobre, who was there in Halep’s team when she won her first Wimbledon crown in 2019, will continue alongside Marcu for the upcoming events on the women’s circuit.

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Simona Halep goes back to her former coach Adrian Marcu after split up with Darren Cahill

Incidentally, Marcu coached the Romanian in 2013 and ensured her footing inside the top-20 for the first time in her career. During their short partnership, Halep managed to win three titles (New Haven, Moscow, and WTA Finals).

Under coach Darren Cahill, Simona Halep climbed to the top place in 2017 and even won the French Open the following year, defeating the likes of Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza, and Sloane Stephens.

Sep 5, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Simona Halep of Romania hits to Elina Svitolina (not pictured) of Ukraine on day seven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

When Halep won her first Wimbledon title, Cahill was at home (Australia) owing to family commitments but remained in touch with the Romanian and helped her cross the finish line. Currently, Halep is ranked at World No. 14 in the WTA rankings and she is all set to play the Indian Wells event next week.

During her run at the WTA 1000 event, both Marcu and Dobre will be part of Halep’s entourage.

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“I expect her to play as well as possible,” – Marcu on Halep’s future tournaments

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Talking about this new partnership, Marcu said, “I expect her to play as well as possible in the next period and return to a very good shape. I want her to win as many matches as possible so that she can jump back up in the rankings”. 

Sep 1, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Simona Halep of Romania reacts after beating Kristina Kucova of Slovakia (not pictured) on day three of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

After withdrawing from her second round match against Kerber at the Italian Open due to a calf tear, Halep skipped Roland Garros and Wimbledon. She finally made her comeback at the US hard-court season, where she couldn’t regain the lost form instantly.

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Even at the US Open, the Romanian managed to reach the fourth round, where she lost to Elina Svitolina. This season also witnessed Halep drop out of top-10 for the first time since 2014. Hopefully, Adrian Marcu and Daniel Dobre will ensure a better end to this year on the WTA tour for Halep.

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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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