Simona Halep concedes her ‘attitude was not great’ despite Indian Wells victory
Simona Halep made a successful return to Indian Wells though admitted her attitude ‘was not great’ and is determined to improve her game.
After a hotly contested first set, the Romanian defeated the hugely talented Ukranian Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (2), 6-1 to book her place in the third round.
Halep has had a difficult 2021 campaign after suffering a major injury setback against Angelique Kerber in Rome which forced her to miss the French Open, Wimbledon and the Olympics.
The two-time major champion finally returned to action for the North American swing, though lost early in Montreal and Cincinnati before exiting the US Open at the the fourth round stage.
“Always when I come back here, I feel great. It’s really nice to be healthy again and to compete at this level. Playing in October here, it’s so special,” Halep said.
“I missed a lot playing tennis at this level this year because I’ve been injured and many months, I couldn’t play matches.
“I came here a little more aggressive than normal and I’m trying to improve my game and myself. My attitude was not great but I’m going to keep working and it’s just a pleasure to be back and to win a match at Indian Wells.”
Halep looked likely to face US Open champion Emma Raducanu in the third round, though the British star lost 6-2, 6-4 against Aliaksandra Sasnovich to deny her a chance to face her idol.
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