Simona Halep will return to the grass at Wimbledon on Tuesday: the match with Karolina Muchova will be the first that the former WTA leader will play at the All England Club after winning the final of the 2019 edition. Our athlete held a press conference in which addressed several topics: health issues in Bad Homburg, the opponent in the first round, but also the collaboration with Patrick Mouratoglou.
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Simona Halep, neck problems, the relationship with the grass and the duel with Karolina Muchova at Wimbledon 2022
Halep said that her neck problems (which forced her to withdraw from the semifinals in Bad Homburg) have passed and that she is ready for the match with Karolina Muchova in the first round of Wimbledon 2022.
“I feel better every day. I am healthy. Now I’m back in two days. It was enough to fully recover my neck.
I feel confident. We had good matches on the grass last week. But you never know on the grass. So I look forward to every day I practice here to get in shape, to have that field feel. Now I have a special connection with the surface, because in 2019 I played very well. So I have great memories. I feel like I can play well on the grass, but you never know. So I’m going to take it every day.
I’m already looking forward to the first game. It will hopefully be a good one. It will be a very difficult first round. I know Muchova plays very well. I know her very well. It will be a big challenge.
I have nothing to lose. This year I said that I will give myself time to improve as much as possible in what I need. Last year was the most difficult. So I’m just trying to be happy. Every time I step on the field, I think I have my chance. So I’m going to fight for that. ” Simona Halep.
Simona Halep’s reaction after learning that she will not play first on Wimbledon’s central court
The organizers of the All England Club have decided that Iga Swiatek, the leader of the world hierarchy, will play first on the central court at Wimbledon, even though many important tennis voices have demanded that this honor go to Simona Halep (as world champion). 2019 edition).
“It simply came to our notice then. I’m upset because I missed the tournament last year because of the injury and I couldn’t risk it. It would have been great to open the tournament, but my chance was gone. I can probably have another chance in this life, so I’ll be looking forward to it. It’s not that simple (not to win at Wimbledon), but I’ll work for it “- Simona Halep.
Simona Halep and the collaboration with Patrick Mouratoglou
The former WTA leader stated that she was very disappointed after the Doha tournament, but the collaboration with Patrick Mouratoglou managed to rekindle her passion for tennis.
“After Doha, I felt like I couldn’t do it anymore. I was pretty down, I was exhausted. I didn’t think I could be at the top again. So I was very disappointed. But then I went to Patrick Mouratoglou’s academy without to think I could work with him because he was Serena’s coach, so it was really impossible to think about that.
But the atmosphere at the academy, all the kids there who were on the field at 8 in the morning because they like to work hard, that desire to be a champion one day helped me recover. It rekindled my passion that I can still play tennis and I still like it.
That’s why I’m here today, because of that academy atmosphere, because of the meeting with Patrick, who told me that he really thinks I can come back. So now I believe and I work hard to see if one day I will be able to return to the top “- Simona Halep.
Simona said she was surprised when Patrick Mouratoglou took the blame for his removal from Roland Garros.
“Well, no, I wouldn’t say it wasn’t good enough for me, as he wrote in the post. I was just panicking during the game. I couldn’t stand the pressure too well. I didn’t know he would post. Don’t let me know what you’re posting.
But yes, I was surprised, shocked, that he made that post and took it all on himself. But it wasn’t his fault. I was guilty of not being able to do better and even calm down when I panicked. It was something new for me too and I wasn’t good enough.
But now we are much better than that day. We probably both learn some things about each other. Now we will cope better with such situations “- Simona Halep.
Halep said that Patrick Mouratoglou is the right coach for her, he managed to understand her and be close to her in difficult times.
“Honestly, I didn’t expect to have this chance to work with Patrick when I went to his academy. I am very honored to have him on my team. He’s a great coach and has a lot of experience. She worked for so many years with the best player in the world. I feel the pressure to be better.
But he gives me time. He has patience, he supports me in everything I do. They try to understand me because I think this is the main thing I want from a coach, to understand me, I am quite excited most of the time. Patrick is doing great.
I feel I’m getting better. Even if we haven’t won much, I feel that we need time to get to know each other better, to be able to put into practice everything he tells me. It is not easy to do it immediately, but I am sure and confident that, through hard work, I will be able to do everything he tells me. ”- Simona Halep.
What does Simona Halep’s virtual route at Wimbledon 2022 look like
Round I: Karolina Muchova
Round II: Kirsten Flipkens / Jaimee Fourlis
Round III: Camila Giorgi
Optimi: Paula Badosa / Petra Kvitova
Quarters: Karolina Pliskova / Coco Gauff / Amanda Anisimova / Serena Williams
Semifinals: Iga Swiatek / Garbine Muguruza / Jessica Pegula / Barbora Krejcikova
Final: Anett Kontaveit / Ons Jabeur / Maria Sakkari / Danielle Collins / Emma Răducanu.
The Wimbledon Grand Slam, the third of the season, is scheduled from June 27 to July 10. In the women’s, Asheligh Barty won the tournament in 2021, while in the men’s Novak Djokovic won.