Simona Halep was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Premier Mandatoryevent in Miami. For the time being, this defeat ensures her the 5th position in the WTA ranking. Still, if Victoria Azarenka wins the tournament at Key Biscayne, she will outrun the Romanian player in the ranking.

Halep is currently on an upward path, her evolution on the field being increasingly promising. Despite this, she couldn’t handle the pressure and surrendered to the Swiss player Timea Bacsinszky (WTA No. 20).

For those who did not watch the match, it is worth mentioning that Halep has once more received genuine tactical and also moral support from her coach Darren Cahill.

A partnership for the future

The aspirations of the Romanian Tennis player will certainly go beyond the quarterfinals in Miami and Indian Wells. Her real capacity to focus is still to be seen. One thing remains certain regarding both the tournament in Miami and the one at Indian Wells: Darren Cahill is a person that Halep really trusts.

And she also has reasons for it.

In the match against the Swiss player, every time Halep asked him for advice, Cahill was more than brilliant. The simple manner in which he managed to explain the tactical directions, as well as his tone of voice will definitely make this player-coach partnership last.

And the objective for the future is certainly a clear one: at least one Grand Slam trophy.

A match gone wild

The encounter with the Swiss player was rather strange.

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Halep controlled the opening set and finally won it 6-4. Things suddenly changed in the second set. The Romanian player got irritated and even impatient, taking unnecessary risks with unprepared shots. The result wasn’t hard to guess: Bacsinszky won the next two sets, taking advantage of the lack of focus shown by the former Miami semifinalist back in 2015.

One thing remains obvious after this match: Cahill is an experienced coach who is also able to give proper advice.

Every time Halep asked for him, he advised her to insist on her opponent’s forehand. It was obvious that the Swiss player was avoiding those shots since her main weapon was the backhand. Halep applied the strategy in the first set, forcing her opponent to make many errors. Once she renounced this strategy, the outcome was disastrous.

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