“Was Waking Up Crying”: Simona Halep Reveals How She Felt Before Winning Her First Grand Slam

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INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 18: Simona Halep of Romania hits a forehand against Iga Swiatek of Poland in her semi-final match at the 2022 BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 18, 2022 in Indian Wells, California (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 18: Simona Halep of Romania hits a forehand against Iga Swiatek of Poland in her semi-final match at the 2022 BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 18, 2022 in Indian Wells, California (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)

Romanian superstar Simona Halep is best known for her aggressive play and never give up attitude in the women’s tennis world. The 30-year-old from Constanta has won two Grand Slam titles, the 2018 French Open and the 2019 Wimbledon.

Nevertheless, Simona Halep was unfortunately not able to lift a Grand Slam title even though she played three major finals before winning her first crown at the 2018 Roland Garros

In a recent interview with Top Court, the former World No.1 Halep reminisced how she felt during the two consecutive years of Grand Slam finals collapse and how she recuperated from it.

“Well before winning the first Grand Slam, I lost another final in the French Open. I was leading the match,” Simona Halep said.

“It was the most depressive moment for me, for three months I couldn’t be happy. I couldn’t enjoy it anymore, because sometimes during the sleep, I was waking up crying.”

“I knew I had the chance in my hands. I was like 6-3, 3-0 up and I lost the match. But I knew that I have to keep working. I didn’t give up practice the next day I went to court and I was working hard.” 

“And then I lost another final in January, but I was very close. I played very well, so it was not my game. It was not about me that I lost that match. The opponent was a little bit better in the end, more powerful.”

“And then I really believed that the day will come and I just kept working. And the next Grand Slam I played, I won it.”

Most recently, Simona Halep competed at Indian Wells Open 2022, Where she fell in the semifinal to eventual champion Iga Swiatek. And, to win more Grand Slam titles, she recently teamed up with the famous tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

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