Simona Halep lost to Belinda Bencic in Quarter Finals

Simona Halep ousted by unseeded Swiss youngster Belinda Bencic in quarterfinal of Dubai Duty Free Championship, here in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Thursday, 21st February 2019.

The clash between 2nd ranked, 27 year old Romanian and 45th ranked 21 year old Swiss for reaching semi finals went up to deciding set.

Simona Halep forehand shot in quarter finals Dubai Open
Literally fully drained Simona Halep lost the match to Swiss unseeded player Belinda Bencic

The first set went in favour of French Open champion Simona Halep 6 to 4. Next two sets went against her. The match finished in favor of Belinda Bencic 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

losing champion Simona Halep
‘I am tired and also had too many matches,” Simona Halep drag the match up to deciding set

Though Halep said, “I couldn’t serve well because I felt my Achilles, and I had cramping” and did not justify, “but there are no excuses,” Simona Halep has played in total nine matches in two weeks. She happen to undergo to represent her country Romania in the Fed Cup and also played in Qatar Open, in which she went up to finals, before losing to Elise Mertens, 3 – 6, 6 – 4, 6 – 3. She mentioned after the match, “I’m not worried about the pain, it is just because I am tired and also had too many matches.”

Fully drained Halep said, “The body felt it was tired and, even though I wasn’t giving up, I felt I didn’t have enough to win. But I played until the end and I tried to stay there.”

Confident Simona Halep expressed, ” I need a few days off and then I will be OK.”

Simona Halep Post Match Interview Dubai Open 2019

Tiered Simona Halep
Literally drained out Romanian Simona, unable to match aggressiveness of her opponent and lost to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic.

Q. Your ninth match in 13 days. Did it feel like that?
Simona Halep: Yeah, it was really difficult physically. I was tired. After the second set, I felt like I’m getting cramping a little bit. It’s normal. I was sweating a lot.

Yeah, she played well. She played very well. In the end, she was a little bit stronger.

Q. Seemed like you were taking more risk on your serve today.
Simona Halep: I couldn’t serve that well because of my Achilles. I felt last match a little bit. The left leg a little bit of cramping.

But there are no excuses, just the fact that I’m tired. It’s okay.

Q. What did you make of the way she was playing?
Simona Halep: Honestly, I didn’t check that much. I just wanted to play as I decided before this tournament, to finish the balls. I was too far back in this match. I couldn’t feel like to go to be more aggressive. That’s why maybe I couldn’t finish when I was leading.

Q. A lot of competitive matches over the last two weeks. What do you take away from the Middle East, and including Fed Cup as well?
Simona Halep: I think were three good weeks. Tough weeks. A lot of tension, a lot of pressure. Also the Fed Cup.

I take only positive things. I had great matches. My level is good. Physically also I’m good. But day by day I had to play, so is not easy.

I’m confidence for the next tournaments.

Q. Planning a rest before Indian Wells?
Simona Halep: Yeah, I will have rest now.

Q. How would you assess her game? What is it about her as a player that is difficult?
Simona Halep: She’s aggressive. She’s hitting the balls really hard no matter where she hits. This makes you to feel the pressure. I think she serves well. I think she’s a complete player and she can play good tennis.

Q. Getting the break back in the final set, did you feel you had the opportunity, or did your body really feel it?
Simona Halep: The body felt that it’s tired. Even if I was not giving up, I felt like I don’t have enough to win.

But I played till the end. I tried just to stay there no matter the result.

Q. The Achilles, is it a concern?
Simona Halep: It is just a pain. I’m not worried. Maybe it’s because I’m tired, also I had too many matches. I need a few days off and then I will be okay.

Simona Halep Reached Quarter Finals in Dubai Open

World number 2 and 2015 Dubai Tennis Championships winner Simona Halep won in style, 23 ranking Lesia Tsurenko in 16th round to qualify for quarter finals with Swiss player, 45th seed Belinda Bencic.

Simona Halep in round 16 of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Simona qualified for quarter finals after beating Lesia Tsurenko in straight sets 6 – 3, 7 – 5
Lesia Tsurenko facing Simona Halep in round 16 Dubai Duty Free Tennis h=Championship
23rd ranking Ukrainian player Lesia Tsurenko is not a match for 2nd seed Simona Halep, as she fell in straight sets.

She made it in straight sets 6 – 3, 7 – 5, the Romanian yet to lose a set in her two rounds so far. Halep is lost to Belgian Elise Mertens, settle to runner up last week in Qatar Open held in Doha, Qatar,

Confident Simona Halep during her pre quarter final match at Dubai
Romanian player is in high level of confident mood on her way to quarter finals on Thursday in Dubai “I feel close to my highest level,”

Simona Halep expressed her confident mindset in a media conference  held immediately after the pre quarter final match with Tsurenko, “My mindset now is just to finish the points as quick as possible. I’m trying to be more aggressive.” Further she mentioned “I’m more relaxed. I don’t put pressure on myself. Also, I have no expectations. When I feel that, I play better.” She feels “I feel close to my highest level,”