Simona Halep’s last tournament was the Australian Open 2021, where she beat Lizette Cabrera, Ajla Tomljanovic, Veronika Kudermetova and Iga Swiatek before giving up in the quarter-finals to Serena Williams.
The player from Constance, born in 1991, won an edition of Roland Garros and Wimbledon, reached the final in Melbourne in 2018 and was number one in the world for 64 weeks.
Recently interviewed by the EssentiallySports website, Simona expressed herself on the historical come back of the Swiss Maestro Roger Federer to the professional Tour, which took place at the beginning of March in Doha. She said: “I’ve always admired Federer, he’s a genius from my point of sight. I think he will play for a while longer, it is clear that he does it with passion.”
Halep: “Roger Federer is a genius”
Speaking of the Wimbledon and Olympics events and the rest of the 2021 season in general, Halep added: “I don’t know how much he will be able to stay in shape physically, the wear is felt after so many years on the Tour. But if he says that he will play at Wimbledon and the Olympics, for sure he will be like tha.”
Finally, the former WTA number one made a comparison between the careers of Federer and his greatest Majorcan rival, Rafael Nadal: “Federer hasn’t suffered many injuries because tennis is so simple for him. Nadal, on the other hand, has a more exhausting game and that is why it was easier for him to get injured .”
The Basel talent, before participating in the Doha event, had not played an official match since the Australian Open 2020. In Qatar he overtook Daniel Evans with great difficulty, before losing in the quarter-finals to future champion Nikoloz Basilashvili.
The last match between Federer and Nadal was staged in the semifinal of Wimbledon 2019, won by the Swiss with a score of 7-6 1-6 6-3 6-4. Rafa has already announced that he will not participate in the Masters 1000 in Miami, a tournament that she has never won.