Simona Halep is about to start her Australian Open where she is seeded no.1.

During the pre-tournament interview, the Romanian admitted that she wanted to take it easy during her off-season to recover from the strong emotional and physical stress that she has accumulated in the last 2 seasons. For this reason, Simona explained that she didn’t want to hire a coach because she was not prepared to give her 100%.

The world no.1 looked indeed a bit rusty in her first match in Sydney where she crashed out in the opener against an in-form Ashleigh Barty (6-4 6-4).

I am going to hire a coach in the near future. HALEP

During the pre-season interview, Simona commented

“Last year I had about 10, 15 matches before Melbourne, now I have only one, which I lost it.

I took the risk of staying home a little bit longer. I rested because I felt like I’m exhausted after those tournaments and also the year that I had. I enjoyed the time home a lot. Now I feel refreshed to start the year, but still, I am a little bit back with everything, preparation, and matches.

But I don’t complain. Everything was how I wanted. So now I have just to put my head down and to go and work.

As I always say, at this level it is impossible without a coach. So maybe in the close future, I will have someone. But for the moment, I’m just by myself.”

Simona HAlep press conference

Simona will kick-start her Australian Open campaign against her US Open conqueror Kaia Kanepi. This will be a tough one!

Tough draw for Simona Halep at the Australian Open

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