The best result achieved by Simona Halep at the Miami Open is represented by the semifinal, played in 2015 and 2019 (beaten by Serena Williams and Karolina Pliskova). Today in third position in the WTA world rankings, the Romanian was also number one for a total of 64 weeks.
In the first match in Miami, the 29-year-old from Costanza overcame the Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia with difficulty, to face in the third round match Anastasija Sevastova.
Simona Halep: “I would have liked to face …”
Answering questions from fans, Simona mentioned the champion of the past that she would have been very pleased to face. She said in the interview: “Definitely Justine Henin, because she was my idol. I’m really sad that I wasn’t able to play against her.”
Born in Liège in 1982, Henin has won seven Grand Slam trophies (she only missed Wimbledon, where she made the final on two occasions), two WTA Finals titles and the Olympic gold medal in singles at the 2004 Athens Olympics, where in the last match he defeated the French Amelie Mauresmo with a score of 6-3 6-3.
The Belgian retired from competitive tennis in early 2011, when Simona was only 19 and she was still traveling around the 80th world position. Halep triumphed at Roland Garros in 2018 and Wimbledon the following season, reaching the final in a major five times in all (she lost twice in Paris and once in Melbourne).
Today there are four Romanian players in the WTA top 100: in addition to Simona, also Patricia Maria Tig (63rd), Sorana Cirstea (66th) and Irina-Camelia Begu (74th). A short distance away follows Ana Bogdan, today at the 102nd step of the ranking.
Last year, Halep took her first trophy of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, beating Jasmine Paolini, Dajana Yastremska, Yulia Putintseva, Garbine Muguruza and Czech Karolina Pliskova in the final (who retired at the start of the second set).
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