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.
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.
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.”