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The agonizing defection of Ashleigh Barty, still tainted with the malice inherited from a home-winning campaign in Melbourne, wasn’t the best possible hypothesis. Nor the weakness of Emma RadokanoShe is very persistent Hangover From Slam, as well as the contradiction of Garbine Muguruza, the inner darkness of Elena Svitolina, because there are thoughts that really weigh. Some intersections ended up on the side that no one expected; Some shots the girl won with the smallest pistol, thank God the ball is round. All in all, organizers It happened In the California desert you can’t complain, e The semi-final that comes off the top of the scoreboard is a good semi-final. In Italian Tonight Encounters, Simona Halep and Iga Swiatek They marched into the square for the most necessary time not to induce the public to demand reimbursement.

Three matches allowed in pairsPetra Martic and Madison Keys walked off the field. The former top seed hasn’t played a semi-final of this level since Roma 2020. He can be satisfied after fifteen somewhat complicated months. “Finally feeling good, close to my best standards – Halep told reporters after the match. I managed to be aggressive, and the ball felt great. Honestly, I think it’s my best match of the year and one of the best in recent times. Swiatek? He is strong and in the best moments of his career it will be difficultSurely it would have been difficult for her, Simona, who was accustomed to frequenting the good racquet halls, to remain on the sidelines for so long, but the wind seems to have turned at last: the tennis player from Costanza End 2021 by accumulating three semi-final matches in total; This year, the semi-finals are already three times and we are only in the middle of March. “But it is difficult to make comparisons with last year. I played quite a bit and had thousands of problems, and now I feel better and don’t set myself any limits up or down. When did you come here I didn’t think I was close to the level you seeInstead, as the days go by, things keep getting better. I’m ready to play a great match, even if it’s very difficult“.

2021, as we know, was a year full of problems and certainly not just for Simona Halep. A spiteful year does not seem to want to mitigate its harmful long wave. A year marked by the epidemic and its consequences for the nomadic sport par excellence. Not everyone is doing well, many are just licking their wounds now. Another Darren Cahill, the historical coach of Halep, who a few days ago left Amandina Anisimova, the newest skilful, to her fate. “I’m exhausted, without power, I need to disconnectAdelaide’s coach said.Last year was very complicated Simona said, asking for comment. We have all suffered and some now have to live with the consequences. Darren has been in quarantine five times, it wasn’t easy for him. I think the straw that broke the camel’s back fell on his return from New York, when he had to go twenty-eight straight days without being able to breathe. Just thinking about it makes me panic. When I met him in Melbourne I told him he needed to stop. He should spend time with his family, enjoy life because he has a wonderful one. He is a strong man and I am sure he will recover quickly“.

Who knows what Darren might have suggested to her in preparation for the challenge for a very fast Swiatek. Pole rides a nine-game winning streak After the victory in Doha, he seems to have found the last square after the start of the strange tournament. In his first three matches, he always easily won the second and third sets after leaving the first set. Tonight, on the other hand, she immediately settled: Keys, a partner who is not without sparring, shocked without the possibility of repetition. “Maybe it’s easier for me to play in the evening, when the temperatures drop – said Iga -, I adapt normally to those conditions, but overall I played really well. It’s a good moment, I can do what I’m preparing for on the pitch in a match and there is nothing better for a player. Confidence at work is everything, but hard times will come too“.

Lucid, as always, with a level of maturity that does not at all betray the age, which is still very green. It is likely that the first of the difficult times mentioned above will materialize in the penultimate round of the tournament, When the cat to be peeled looks like Simona Halep (Former 2-1 Romania). “We all know that, and it goes without saying a lot. She’s strong, one of the best of the last tennis era, a top ten in her life, a great fighter. I know it’s going to be a pain, but reading between the lines Asheligh Barty Games, who have clearly been the most successful fellows in the past two or three years, I think I’ve learned one thing: Every difficult moment should be turned into a wonderful experience; An experience that can be useful, if not necessary, already within the same game“.

But how different is a filewe changed Who played Halep for the first time at Roland Garros 2019 since today, asks an impromptu reporter? “My God – Swiatek’s debut -, An impossible question and an impossible answer. Three years have passed, everything is completely different. I was only eighteen years old, and I was taking my first steps at the highest level of the Tour. I vividly remember the day of that challenge with Simona, I was so frightened by Philippe Chatrier that I could barely move my legs. Over time, I get used to certain stages and certain opponents, and I am happy to be stable at this level. Meanwhile, I also won some tournaments (The indefinite adjective chosen seems to be an impulsive euphemism, editor’s note) And I’m ready to face others with an increasingly higher difficulty factor“.

They talked to her about literature at the end of the conference, with Iga it’s a classic. In the hotel, between the match and the practice session, The Great Gatsby reads, “Which I like but it disappointed me a little. Short and easy to digest. I started yesterday and will finish it tomorrow. I like to go through more difficult tasks when I get a bookLiterature, tennis, great emotions. we changed Our bar always wants it too high.

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