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‘I did a good job here’ – Simona Halep takes positives from US Open defeat

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Simona Halep was defeated by world number five Elina Svitolina in US Open last 16, however the Romanian has taken plenty of positives following a lengthy time out recovering from a calf tear.

Halep was broken five times in the match and was comfortably defeated 6-3, 6-3 by an impressive Svitolina performance. The 2-time Major champion admitted she suffered with nerves on the big stage, however was happy with her run to last 16 after three months out injured.

“Yeah, nerves because I knew it was going to be a tough match,” Halep said. “I’ve been a little bit tired after three good matches here. But when you don’t have many matches, you always are a little bit stressed before the match. But overall I think I did a good job here and I’m looking forward with positive thoughts.”

The 29-year-old felt she struggled with certain departments of her game and wasn’t consistently good enough to beat a player of Svitolina’s quality.

“Too many unforced errors from my side. I think I rushed,” Halep said. “I overhit sometimes. She was responding very well. Yeah, I think I rushed a little bit too much. Maybe if I would have let’s say a little bit more patience, I think would have been better.”

“At this level you need to be a hundred percent with all aspects,” she added. “That aspect [consistency] is a little bit struggling from my side, so that’s why I was not able to do a better match.”

The 29-year-old revealed she will head home to rest for a few days and discuss with doctors whether to participate in anymore tournaments in 2021.

“Go home and rest a little bit because I feel good, but the body is used,” the world number 13 said. “I used it a lot this period so I need to calm down. Then I will decide what I play after I see how I feel.”

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