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Former World No.1 Simona Halep To Play Without Coach

The Romanian explains why she currently has no intention to replace two coaches who she recently parted ways with.

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Multiple Grand Slam champion Simona Halep has said she intends to go solo on the Tour after recently splitting from her two coaches.

 

The world No.22 had been working with Daniel Dobre and Adrian Marcu. Dobre was Halep’s coach whilst she won the 2019 Wimbledon title and worked alongside her throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Marcu first mentored Halep back in 2013 before getting rehired last September as a replacement for Darren Cahill.

News of the split between Halep and her coaches surfaced last week but the tennis star hasn’t said publicly what was her reason for the decision. During an interview with Treizecizero, she didn’t want to speak about the matter before denying speculation that she was in negotiations to work with Piotr Sierzputowski who is best known for his work with Iga Swiatek.

As to what the future has in store for the Romanian, Halep says she wants to go it alone on the Tour in order to see how far she can push herself.

“I do not have a coach. I haven’t talked to any coach these days, and at the moment I don’t want to take a coach. I didn’t break up with Mr. Marcu and Mr. Dobre to start with someone else, that’s the idea,” said Halep.
“It’s a time when I want to take responsibility, to strengthen myself as a person and I also want to experiment. Let me see how much I can do on my own. I have a lot of advice left to me from all the coaches I’ve worked with, especially from my six years with Darren. I have a lot of ideas and now they all seem to come, especially when you are relaxed and you don’t feel the pressure of the team.”

Now in charge of her own training plan, the 30-year-old believes she will be able to thrive without a coach after previously playing on the Tour without one between 2013-2014. She says she is now ‘more relaxed’ and knows what she wants to do.

Part of Halep’s new approach to life as a professional tennis player will see her train at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy for a period of time at some point. At her upcoming tournaments in Dubai and Doha, she will be accompanied by a member of the academy who will be her hitting partner.

I will go to Mouratoglou to train again. I really want to go, because I’ve never been to an academy before; even when I was little, I wasn’t very fond of academia. But now I really want to try something else, because I know it’s a high level there, with a lot of top players,” she explained.

It is unclear as to how long Halep intends to play on the Tour without a coach. She is still in close contact with Cahill who coached her for a total of six years period until 2021.

“Why our (coaching) relationship lasted so long was because he understood me so well. He was also a psychologist, not just a coach. He taught me other things besides tennis, so I could become more open, talk to people, be more relaxed,” she said of the Australian.
“We talk almost every day, we are friends and he also gives me advice if I need it.”

Halep has won eight out of nine matches played so far this season. She started 2022 by winning her 23rd WTA title at the Melbourne Summer Set before going on to reach the last 16 at the Australian Open.

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Who Is Marie Bouzková? Six Things To Know About The Wimbledon Quarter-Finalist

After previously never going beyond the second round of a major, the Czech is making a name for herself at The All England Club.

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Czech Republic’s Maria Bouzkova has broken new ground at Wimbledon by reaching the quarter-finals on Sunday. 

 

Coming into the tournament, the 23-year-old has failed to win back-to-back matches in 12 Grand Slam appearances. However, the past week has seen her breakthrough with a surprise run to the quarter-finals. She secured a place in the last eight with a 7-5, 6-2, win over France’s Caroline Garcia. The player who defeated Emma Raducanu in the second round.

In her latest match, Bouzkova was by far the most consistent player on the court as she produced just four unforced errors against 13 winners. In comparison, Garcia’s tally was 25 against 24. She broke the Frenchwoman four times in the match en route to victory. 

“I don’t know how I got here,” said Bouzkova.
“Now we will celebrate with strawberries and cream. It’s one of our 100 routines at Wimbledon.”

Bouzkova’s run at Wimbledon has brought the Czech into the limelight for the first time. Although some may not be too familiar with the right-hander who plays with a two-handed backhand. Here are five things to know about the underdog. 

  1. As a junior, she won the 2014 US Open title and reached the final of the Wimbledon doubles event that same year. 
  2. Wimbledon is where Bouzkova won her first Grand Slam main draw match back in 2019 after defeating Mona Barthel in the first round. 
  3. Prior to Garcia, she defeated Danielle Collins, Ann Li and Alison Riske-Amritraj this week. Collins was the sixth top 20 player she has defeated and second this year after Karolina Pliskova.
  4. She was ranked as low as 97th in the world earlier this season but is currently up to 66. Her career-best is 46. 
  5. Has reached three WTA finals in as many years in Guadalajara (2022), Melbourne 250 (2021) and Monterey (2020).
  6. She has a win-loss record of 18-9 so far this season. Although prior to Wimbledon, she has not won any matches on the grass after losing in the first round of Eastbourne to Shelby Rogers. 

Bouzkova will play either second seed Ons Jabeur or Elise Mertens in the quarter-finals.

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Rafael Nadal Apologizes To Opponent After Wimbledon Win

The Spaniard admits he made a mistake.

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Rafael Nadal said he was ‘wrong’ to call his opponent to the net during the third set of their third round match at Wimbledon.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion booked his place in the last 16 of the tournament by defeating Lorenzo Sonego 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Nadal, who hasn’t won Wimbledon for more than a decade, was out in full flow as he raced to a two-set and 4-2 lead. At that point, Sonego managed to get the roof to be closed due to poor lighting.

After speaking to the umpire, Nadal called his opponent to the net for a discussion over what is believed to be about the noise he was making during the match. After losing his 4-2 advantage, Nadal battled back by breaking once again to secure victory.

“Well, first of all, I have to say that I was wrong. Probably I should not call him on the net. So I apologize for that. My mistake in that. No problem. I recognise that,” said Nadal.
Then after that, all the stuff during the match that I don’t want to comment (on), because is something that I spoke with him in the locker room and it stays there. Only thing I can say is I saw him personally. I apologise for that.
“My intention was never to bother him at all. Just to tell one thing that was bothering me that I think he was doing in that moment, but that’s it.
“I think there is some code between players. Yeah, we had some issues there. But that’s it.”


The two shared a lengthy exchange at the net after the conclusion of the match and there were no hard feelings between either player.

Controversy aside, Nadal has hailed what he believed is his best performance at The All England Club yet. Against Soego, he won 73% of his service points and hit 24 winners.

“It was my best match, without a doubt, since the tournament started,” said Nadal. “I have made improvements and I’m very happy.’
“I’ve made I think a lot of things much better than the previous days, the determination, the way that I manage to play more aggressively and going to the net plenty of times.”

 

Nadal will play Dutch world number 25 Botic van de Zandschulp in the last 16. 

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Iga Swiatek Explains Why She Is Unsurprised by Wimbledon Exit

The world No.1 spoke openly about her current form after crashing out in the third round.

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Iga Swiatek says she was ‘confused’ about her tactics after suffering a shock straight-sets loss in the third round of Wimbledon.

Swiatek, who was on a 37-match winning streak, managed to win only six games against Alize Cornet during what was an error-stricken performance. The Pole produced a staggering 33 unforced errors and only managed to win 30% of her second service points. It is the first time she has failed to reach the second week of a major since the 2020 US Open where she also lost in the third round.

“I know I didn’t play good tennis. I was pretty confused about my tactics. As a solid player, she used that pretty well. For sure, it wasn’t a good performance for me,” Swiatek told reporters on Saturday.
“The thing that I changed this season is I started being more and more aggressive. It was really comfortable for me to have the initiative and be proactive. But here (at Wimbledon) I couldn’t control the ball. So I needed to slow down a little bit

Despite recently dominating the sport when it comes to playing on hard courts, it is clear that the grass is an Achilles heel for the world No.1. Her match against Cornet was only the 11th she has ever played on the surface at Tour level. Coming into Wimbledon she played no build-up tournaments.

Admitting that she has found training on grass difficult, Swiatek’s winning run coming to an end is one that does not surprise her. Since 1990, the only players to have won as many matches as her in a row are Martina Hingis in 1997 and Stefi Graf in 1990.

“I didn’t feel like I’m in the best shape. So I’m kind of aware that this could happen. Maybe it’s not the right attitude to have, but it is like it is,” she explains.
“I tried many things to feel better on the grass courts but it didn’t really work out. That’s why I’m not even hard on myself because it’s kind of logical that if I couldn’t find it even in practice, I’m not going to find it in a match.”

 

In her match against Cornet, Swiatek was highly erratic during the closing stages as she produced a series of uncharacteristic mistakes. She only won two out of the last 14 points played.

“I didn’t have any idea. I didn’t tank it, but I just didn’t know what to do,” she admits.
“I was hoping that it would go in, but I made many mistakes. I didn’t even want to get angry again because I was kind of frustrated during my practice week and in the second round. I didn’t think it was going to help me.”

As for what the future has in store for Swiatek on grass, she is keeping a very open mind.

“I don’t know if I should even have hope. Maybe it’s just easier to take it easy and see what grass is going to bring me.” She concludes. 

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