Simona Halep had a couple of fantastic years after she ended the last 2 seasons as world no.1.

However, things were not all easy for the Romanian that had to go through a couple of tremendous battles before finally winning her 1st slam last year at the French Open.

During a recent interview with the Guardian, Simona talked about how tough it was her 2018 Australian Open.

Simona Halep’s 2018 Australian Open

Simona had to endure a rather demanding Australian Open last year. The Romanian faced the likes of Genie Bouchard, an in-form Lauren Davis, Naomi Osaka, Karolina Pliskova, Angelique Kerber, and Caroline Wozniacki.

Simona’s struggle started in the 3rd round again Lauren Davis after she won an epic 4-6 6-4 15-13. Then the world no.1 had to defeat in the semi-final a combative Angelique Kerber 6-3 4-6 9-7 before she had to bow in the final after another battle against Caroline Wozniacki 7-62 3-6 6-4.

About being hospitalized after the Australian Open Final

Talking about her last 2 matches in Melbourne, Simona commented

“[The semis vs. Kerber], it felt like every point was 20 rallies because she’s a very big fighter. I was proud of that tournament. I was not even upset after I lost to Caroline in the final. I gave everything. But there was no more energy at the end.

At the hotel, I started shaking, and they got me to the hospital. My mother was worried and said if she were in my place she would stop and just enjoy life. It was really bad for three months. I was exhausted and couldn’t recover totally.
But I am proud I played at my limit.”

Heart of a lioness!

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