Simona Halep

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

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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