Simona Halep has been in sensational form in Australia. The former world number one was yet to drop a set before her quarterfinal match against Anett Kontaveit. The two played on Wednesday, aiming to make it to the semifinals. Heading into the match, Anett was in fine form having beaten Belinda Bencic in straight sets in her previous match.
Halep dominant in her quarterfinal victory
However, the Romanian’s run at the tournament ended as she found herself on the opposite side of a dominant victory. Halep won the match 6-1, 6-1. The former world number one took 53 minutes to wrap up the victory. She was relentless as she forced her opponent around the court and controlled the speed of the match. In an interview after her victory, Simona expressed her satisfaction with her performance, describing it as close to perfect. “Perfection doesn’t exist, but I’m very happy with the way I played.”
Darren Cahill and Halep reunited for the 2020 season
Halep also credited her coach, Darren Cahill, for her good form in Melbourne. She praised the Australian coach saying that he had helped her improve, both as an individual and as a player. Simona added that good communication was the main reason they enjoyed such as close and successful relationship. “The communication is easy, he understands me so that makes the job easier.” Cahill and Simona reunited this season after splitting in 2018. Cahill had decided to take a break in 2019 to spend more time with his family. Before their split, they had enjoyed great success together with Halep rising to the number one ranking as well as winning her first Grand Slam at the French Open. The Romanian player added her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last year.
With Halep in fine form, she will be aiming to win her third Grand Slam title. The current world No. 3 was a finalist at the Australian Open in 2018 but lost to Caroline Wozniacki. The Danish player retired this month after she lost in the second round of the tournament to Tunisian player Ons Jabeur. Halep will face Garbine Muruguza in the semifinals on Thursday. Muruguza defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5 6-3 their quarterfinal match. Both Halep and Muruguza have won their two Grand Slam titles at the French Open and Wimbledon. They have faced off five times in their careers, with Garbine edging her rival with a 3-2 winning record.
Halep at the Australian Open, ranking, and results in 2020
Currently ranked no.3, Halep has a 6-1 win-loss record in 2020. The Romanian is now having a run at the Australian Open where she ousted Jennifer Brady 7-65 6-1, Harriet Dart 6-2 6-4, Yulia Putintseva 6-1 6-4, Elise Mertens 6-4 6-4 and Anett Kontaveit 6-1 6-1.
The last time that they played, Halep won 6-1 6-4 in the semifinal in Paris (French Open) in June 2018.
The Romanian won 19 titles in her career: 8 on hard courts, 7 on clay courts, 2 on indoor courts and 2 on grass courts. (See the list of her titles)