One month after becoming Simona Halep’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou talked about what convinced him to train the former world leader and said he was delighted with the level shown by our athlete.
Simona Halep and Patrick MouratoglouPhoto: Simona Halep / Twitter
He couldn’t find another player like Simona Halep
Mouratoglou stated that the Romanian has always been an awkward opponent for Serena Williams (while the American was working with the French coach) and said that Simona was the best option for him.
“As usual, when it’s a new collaboration, you want to see how it goes, if there’s mutual trust, if it’s successful. It’s good to have some time. But so far, so good. I am very happy with Simona, I admire her a lot, she is incredible. What he has achieved so far is special, he has been a world leader, he has won two Grand Slam tournaments.
I feel that she is extremely motivated to return to the highest level, and then to do better than in the past, if possible. For me, as a coach, it is a dream to work with a player who has this history on the circuit and this motivation.
I probably had more options, but I hadn’t been in the “market” for ten years, because I worked with Serena Williams. I thought, I got in touch with Simona and I thought “Would I like to work more with another player than with her?”. The answer was that I couldn’t find any other players. Afterwards, there was no discussion, because I didn’t want to be a free coach anymore and I didn’t think I would find another charming player like Simona.
When she was an opponent, I really admired Simona. It was very difficult to beat, due to her movement on the field and due to the constancy in the game. When Serena played against her, I knew that if Serena’s level of concentration dropped very little, she would be in trouble right away. Simona knew how to use her qualities to the fullest, not many players can do that. That says a lot about her mentality and her professional conduct. ”- Patrick Mouratogloufor DigiSport.
What Patrick Mouratoglou is saying about Simona Halep and Danielle Collins
“I think the match with Alize Cornet was mentally difficult for several reasons. One of them is that she lost to her at the Australian Open not long ago. It’s not easy to play against a player who beat you. , the pressure is higher, you say to yourself “this player knows how to beat me.” She didn’t make a very good match, considering what Simona can produce. .
Collins is a dangerous player, she has played well on clay in the past, especially last year at Roland Garros. She is very solid, aggressive. Simona will definitely have to show off her best tennis. The slag is great for Simona, it’s something special. Due to her quality of movement, she is a smart player, she uses the angles well, the effect imprinted on the ball. I think he will win if he manages to put those qualities into practice. ” Patrick Mouratogloufor DigiSport.
Simona Halep, the virtual route from WTA Rome
Round I – Alize Cornet (6-4, 6-4 for Halep)
Round II – Danielle Collins
Optimi – Belinda Bencic / Amanda Anisimova
Quarters – Jessica Pegula / Aryna Sabalenka
Semifinals – Iga Swiatek / Anett Kontaveit / Emma Răducanu / Victoria Azarenka
Final – Paula Badosa / Maria Sakkari / Karolina Pliskova / Garbine Muguruza.
In the 2021 edition of the Foro Italico tournament, Simona was seriously injured during the match with Angelique Kerber in the second round: Halep had won the first set 6-1, while in the second table she was 3-3.
The year before (2020), Halep won the competition at the Foro Italico.
The last champions of the Foro Italico
2021 – Iga Swiatek
2020 – Simona Halep
2019 – Karolina Pliskova
2018 – Elina Svitolina (final with Simona Halep)
2017 – Elina Svitolina (final with Simona Halep)
2016 – Serena Williams
2015 – Maria Sharapova etc.
- The Italian competition founded in 1930 was won three times by a Romanian athlete: Ilie Năstase, 1970 and 1973 editions, and Simona Halep, 2020.
- Ilie Năstase (1974, defeated by Bjorn Borg), Virginia Ruzici (1978, 1980, 1981) and Simona Halep (2017, 2018, defeated in both cases by Elina Svitolina) also played finals.
The WTA Rome takes place on May 9-15 on the clay of the Foro Italico complex. He has total prizes of $ 2,527,250 and is in the “WTA 1000” category. The defending champion is Iga Swiatek (6-0, 6-0 in the final with Karolina Pliskova).