In February, the former World No.1 Halep began her 2021 season at Gippsland Trophy, where she lost a quarterfinal match to Ekaterina Alexandrova in straight sets. Afterwards, Romanian fell in the last eight to Serena Williams at the Australian Open.
Following a five-week hiatus, World No.3 arrived in Miami Gardens with a nice bit of confidence. According to the main draw of the event, Simona directly qualified into the second round through bye.
“I Struggled With My Serve, and I Struggled With My Shoulder A Little Bit”: Simona Halep
However, Halep faced Caroline Garcia in the round of 64. Even though the former World No.4 took the lead in the first two sets(6-3, 3-1), Wimbledon Reigning champion claimed 11 out of 12 games in the last two sets(6-4, 6-0) to seal her third-round spot at the Hard Rock Stadium.
“She started very well, and her serve bothered me a lot, the kick. I needed time to get used to it and to get the rhythm,” Halep said after the match.
Romanian continued, “I felt like I was in the second set. I started moving better. I relaxed my legs, and I could work more with my legs. And I needed a little bit of extra power with her because she’s a powerful opponent, and I always have to push her back.”
Simona Halep also mentioned her right shoulder issue began her first-round match against Ajla Tomljanovic at the Melbourne major event.
“I struggled with my serve. I struggled with my shoulder a little bit, so the attention was a little bit on the pain,” the 2018 French Open title winner added.
Halep Reaches A Milestone In Her Career
The three-set comeback victory over Caroline Garcia became Halep’s 400th WTA main-draw win of her career.
When asking about her remarkable career achievement, Simona said, “I’m really happy to hear that. It’s impressive that I won so many matches in the main draw. I have many years there at the top also… When I face some tough moments during the matches, I know what to do. It’s from those 400 victories.”
However, Halep will now lock horns with the former World No.11 Anastasija Sevastova for the fourth round place in Miami.