Simona Halep, eliminated from the Miami Open
Simona Halep – 3rd favorite and 5th WTA – was eliminated on Wednesday night at Miami’s tennis tournament. The Constanta sports were defeated by Johanna Konta (11 WTA) in three sets.
Johanna Konta defeated Simona Halep with a score of 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, in a 2-hour and 32-minute match. Our athlete had an extra opponent in this match, her former coach, Belgian Wim Fissette, who is now preparing her for the British player.
Halep played very well in the first set of the Crandon Park central arena. She moved Konta to the edges of the field, sent the balls with amplitude and depth, and the opponent was visibly inconvenienced by this style of play.
The account was wrong enough, so the first set went naturally and quite clearly in front of the Romanian player on the table. A 2-1 break, well managed to the end, made Halep win 6-3 after 41 minutes of play.
Everything has changed in the game of British sportsman in the second set, notes Digi Sport. Service and return have become much more aggressive, the angles have opened, its arrivals have multiplied. Simona Halep appeared to be a wacky boxer and the score quickly evolved 0-3, after the break in the second round.
Moreover, Konta had 40-15 on the Romanian service, but a volley sent in the net from a very good position dissolved the confidence of the 11th WTA player. There followed a long series of unforced mistakes and instead of 4-0 the score became 3-3.
The game continued with longer games. The account came out of the crisis and led by 4-3, then Halep managed two straight rounds, with a break for 5-4.
Halep served for the match, but Konta made the rebreak at the third ball. It was the turn of the Romanian to have the possibility of 6-5, but she missed it and with the same score led Konta. The player in Constanta equaled 6 and the set reached the tie-break, a highly balanced one. Simona Halep committed two double mistakes, led by 5-3, but the winner was the opponent, after a set of one hour and 11 minutes.
Johanna Konta asked for a break in the locker room before the decisive, and though she did not stay long there, this annoyed the Romanian. Nervous and demoralized by missed chances, Halep called Darren Cahill, who tried to rebuild his student’s trust, failing to do so.
In the decisive way, the Romanian player entered the field with an attitude that gave the impression that she was quick to lose. But she served and returned from 0-40, then kept the balance up to 2-2, when she lost her job. The capitulation followed, 2-6, after two hours and 31 minutes from the start.
The WTA tournament in Miami (Florida) is endowed with total prizes of $ 6,993,450.