Former World No.1 Simona Halep refused to travel to the United States during the 2020 US Open swing due to the Coronavirus concern. However, the 29-years-old from Romania admits she is now ready to fly to North America because she feels a little safer than last year.
The two-time Grand Slam champion began the 2021 season at the Gippsland Trophy, where she fell in the quarterfinal to Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova in the straight-sets. Afterwards, Halep gave up a semifinal spot to American Serena Williams at the Australian Open.
“I’m Going To Miami”, says Simona Halep
After pulling out from the Qatar Total Open and the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships, World No.3 is now returning to the WTA Tour via Miami Open, which begins on 23rd March in southeastern Florida, United States.
“I’m going to Miami. I’m leaving next week. I really want to be able to make some good matches, because I need official matches. And I now had a month off again. I want to play well. I want to be careful about what I have to do on the field,” Simona Halep said in a recent talk show.
“Darren(coach) Played An Important Role In Making This Decision”: Halep on Travelling To Miami
The Wimbledon Reigning champion also emphasised that she decided to travel to Miami under his coach Darren Cahill’s guidance. The Miami Open is one of the significant events in the WTA Tour. For this reason, top players generally never forfeit this WTA 1000 tournament even they have any minor injury concern.
Simona Halep continued, “It’s not easy on hard, especially in America, where many girls are already accommodated, they train there. I go there with a lot of confidence. Darren played an important role in making this decision. He really wanted to play in Miami because it’s a good tournament.”(Quotes Have Been Translated In English Via Google Translator)
“I didn’t go to the US Open. I gave up out of fear. Recognize! Now I’ve got the virus, I have the vaccine, so I’m a little safer than I was in August when the US Open was played,” Romanian added.
Notably, a tennis star from Constanta was recently vaccinated for COVID-19 in her home town.