With the only Grand Slam event on clay approaching fast, it’s time to wonder who the winners of this year will be. The battle is very strong on the women’s side this year without a doubt. With a great name like Maria Sharapova out of the picture, it’s time to ponder on the chances that the Romanian tennis player Simona Halep has at winning the title. If you want to find out is she has an actual chance at winning the 2016 French Open, read the following lines.
She won the 2016 Madrid Open
Everyone was surprised by Simona’s victory at the Premier Mandatory Mutua Madrid Open in 2016 due to the fact that she has seen a decay in shape in the past months. But the Romanian player managed to win this clay event without putting too much effort into this victory. To win this important tennis tournament, the 24-year-old defeated Misaki Doi, Karin Knapp, Timea Bacsinszky, Irina-Camelia Begu, Samantha Stosur, and she won the title playing in the final against Dominika Cibulkova. She won 1000 points in the WTA rankings, and a little over $1000000 when she proclaimed this important title. The fact that the Madrid Open is held on clay, the same surface as the surface at the French Open, increase her chances at winning the great event even more.
She was the junior champion of the French Open in 2008
What a lot of people don’t know about Simona Halep is that she has already won the French Open. Of course, she won it as a junior in 2008, when she defeated fellow Romanian player Elena Bogdan for the title. This further proves how well she can play on this surface. It might be a big difference between the junior French Open and the professional tournament, but throughout tennis history, most of the players that won the junior Grand Slams ended up winning them as professional players as well. Therefore, the odds are with her.
Her manager is the WTA legend Virginia Ruzici
In a sport like tennis guidance is extremely important. The fact that Simona’s manager is none other than the WTA legend Virginia Ruzici amplifies her chances of winning this event. Ruzici is the only Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam. Therefore, her experience is going to help Simona a lot on the field during the French Open. Ruzici stuck to Halep’s side due to the fact that she saw a lot of potential in the young player, and until now, all of her expectations came true.
She’s not putting any pressure on herself
In 2014, Simona Halep reached the final at the French Open where she was defeated by Maria Sharapova. Last year, she lost in the first round here. Due to the fact that she has no points to protect this year, the player won’t put any pressure on herself. In addition, she has stated that she will treat every match like it’s the last one. After all, for a young player like her, every match won at a Grand Slam is extremely important and a reason of joy. This precise logic may actually be what will help her win this year.