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Halep looking to be a little less negative after Australian Open exit

/ 09:30 PM February 16, 2021

Simona Halep

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during her quarter final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

MELBOURNE—Simona Halep said she would leave the Australian Open with her head held high despite a quarter-final exit but was a little frustrated at her negativity on court during the tournament.

The Romanian world number two went out in straight sets at the hands of 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday after her serve let her down at a couple of pivotal moments.

“My feeling after this match is that I was not that far (away) but she was stronger in the important moments,” she said.

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“I had 3-1 in the second set and my serve didn’t help me much, so I have to be a little bit stronger on the serve, but it didn’t work today.

“In my opinion, I had a good game tonight. I’m not that disappointed with myself.”

The sight of Halep grumbling on court has been commonplace over the last couple of weeks and it is a habit the Wimbledon champion is determined to break.

The twice Grand Slam champion had not played a competitive match since the French Open in early October when she arrived in Australia to undergo quarantine, and she thought that might have contributed to her mindset.

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“I probably felt the pressure after three, four months without an official match and I didn’t know what to expect here. So probably the tension, I felt it more, and I didn’t know how to manage it that well,” Halep said.

“I have been complaining a little bit too much, I think. But tennis-wise, I think I did a good job. I worked hard in the off-season and here I could see how much I improved in some things. So I’m positive about that and I have confidence.

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“But I still have to work to get back in the good shape mentally,” she added with a smile.

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