Simona Halep US Open 2021

Simona Halep expected to ‘play as well as possible’ by new coach

Simona Halep recently split with coach Darren Cahill, and her new hire has only the highest expectations for the former world number one.

Halep has reunited with her former coach Adrian Marcu, a man who first worked with the Romanian back in 2013.

That short partnership brought three titles in New Haven, Moscow and the WTA Tournament of Champions. Halep also broke into the top-20 for the first time during that period.

“I have expectations for her to play as well as possible in the next period and to return to very good form,” Marcu told

“I want her to win as many matches as possible, so that she can return to the [top of the] standings. The basic idea is to play the big competitions very well.”

Due to injury and inconsistent tournament appearances, Halep recently dropped out of the top-10 for the first time since January 2014.

Currently ranked 15th, the two-time Slam champion will be hoping a strong display at Indian Wells will help boost her ranking back among the most elite players.

“I would like to see [Halep] play a little more aggressively, as she is a speed player and a player who can finish points faster than she has played lately,” Marcu added.

“I am firmly convinced that she can play more aggressively and impose her game, not wait [for her] opponents.”

Halep is looking to play at least three more events in 2021. First, Indian Wells in California, before the Kremlin Cup in Moscow and the Transylvania Open in Romania.