“Blamed Myself”: Simona Halep Powers Past Ajla Tomljanovic Into Third Round of Australian Open 2021


Simona Halep
Simona Halep

The second seed Simona Halep has confirmed his spot at the Australian Open 2021 third round after defeating host Ajla Tomljanovic in a mouthwatering three sets clash on Wednesday. 

While World No.2 Simona Halep is considered to lift the Melbourne Park major event title this year, a 29-years-old woman from Romania was tested for her talent during a second-round match.

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“I Expected Her To Play Really Hard”, Simona Halep on Facing Ajla Tomljanovic 

Halep and Ajla were equal in the scoreboard after the second set (4-6, and 6-4). As a result, a crucial match went to a decider. Having a remarkable comeback from 2-5 down in the final set, the experienced Halep took two hours and 34 minutes to steer past(7-5) the 27-years-old Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.

“I expected her to play really hard, I knew she was a powerful opponent, but it was a lot harder than I thought. I’m happy to be able to smile now,” the two-time Grand Slam champion said.

“You were led 2-5 in the decider, what were you thinking in those moments?”, Simona Halep was asked in a post-match interview.

The 2018 Australian Open runner-up replied, “I wasn’t so positive when I talked to myself. I didn’t talk about the score. I blamed myself for not being strong enough to play against her. But in the end, I was stronger mentally, I had the desire to win the match, and not I gave up.” 

For a pre-quarterfinal place, Simona Halep will now face Russian Veronika Kudermetova, who defeated her compatriot Varvara Gracheva in her previous match after a set down(5-7, 6-2, 6-2). Will we see who wins the battle?

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