Romanian tennis ace Simona Halep has been struggling with injury since the beginning of this year. As a consequence, she has had a drought season so far. Nevertheless, the two-time Grand Slam Champion revealed that she was really excited ahead of the Canadian Open 2021.
During the Italian Open 2021, Halep withdrew from the German Angelique Kerber match due to tearing muscle. Afterwards, she pulled out from the French Open, Wimbledon, and Tokyo Olympic Games, cited that recovery from her calf injury requiring more time.
After three months of hiatus, Romanian arrived in Canada for competing at the WTA 1000 event in Montreal. The US Open series tournament runs from 9th to 15th August on hard courts.
“I am still far from my level. I don’t expect anything big from this tournament. I was home for three months, and I enjoyed the time. I felt like nothing mattered anymore, just to recover from injury. I’m really excited to be here,” Simona Halep said in the pre-tournament interview.
Former World No.1 also highlighted that she wants to thank the Romanian fans in Canada because they definitely help her through matches. She doesn’t have this kind of following everywhere, even if she has a lot of fans wherever she plays.
“I think I like the conditions a lot. I had great matches; I have great memories. Every time I come back here(Canada), I feel like home. I like the court; I like the spectators. I can say it’s a good place to come back,” the 2019 Wimbledon Champion added.
“I’m Not Sad, Upset, or Disappointed”: Halep on Ranking Outside of Top 10
Simona has participated in only six tournaments this year owing to injury concerns. She has a win-loss record of 11-5. As a result, Romanian is ranked No.13 in the Women’s Tennis Association(WTA) Ranking. It was the first time she ranked outside of the top ten in the past seven years.
Speaking about ranking, Halep explained, “I’m really proud that I was able to stay so long in the top 10. Unfortunately, the injury got me out because I was not able to play for three months. But I’m not sad, upset, or disappointed. I just take it as a new challenge. I don’t feel that pressure anymore.”
In Montreal 2021, Simona Halep will face American Danielle Collins or Swiss Jil Teichmann in her opening round.