“Still Far From My Level”: Simona Halep Skeptical Regarding Her Performance at National Bank Open 2021

Published 08/08/2021, 1:36 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep before her second round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic REUTERS/Kelly Defina


World No.10 Simona Halep is making a return to the court at the National Bank Open 2021. She missed the French Open, Wimbledon Championships, and then the Tokyo Olympics 2020 due to an injury, but now seems fine enough to make a comeback.

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In the pre-tournament press conference, Halep revealed that she does not have huge expectations at the National Bank Open 2021. She believes that she is yet to reach her best level and thus, seems skeptical about her performance at the WTA Masters 1000 tournament.

Simona Halep of Romania confers with her coach Darren Cahill between sets while playing Ajla Tomjanovic of Australia during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

“I am still far from my level. I don’t expect anything big from this tournament,” said Halep in the press conference.

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Halep is returning the court after about three months. As a result, her priority is to regain her form and momentum ahead of the US Open 2021, and therefore, she is playing the National Bank Open 2021 as a warm-up tournament.

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Simona Halep “enjoyed” her three-month break from tennis

Halep missed quite a lot of important tennis events during her break. As a result, her WTA ranking dropped from three to ten over the course of three months. However, she feels that she enjoyed her time off the court felt like nothing mattered to her except to recover from her injury.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021. Romania’s Simona Halep speaks to the media after winning her fourth round match against Poland’s Iga Swiatek REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

“I was home for three months, and I enjoyed the time. I felt like nothing mattered anymore, just to recover from injury. I’m really excited to be here,” added the two-time Grand Slam champion.

Simona Halep is exhilarated about playing at the National Bank Open 2021. She has already won the WTA Masters 1000 tournament two times in her career and fans have huge expectations from her this year as well.

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Will she be able to beat the odds and win the National Bank Open title this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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