Whilst I’m certain 2022 will see a resurgent Simona Halep, this season isn’t done yet with the Romania leading the line at home with the hope of finishing a difficult year in style

It was a season that began with back to back quarter final appearances in Melbourne at the Gippsland Trophy and the Australian Open but has turned out to be a difficult season for Simona Halep who will finish her year at home in Romania this week.

Cluj will only be her 11th tournament of the year and one she is sad that fans will not longer be able to attend following the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in Romania.

It just has been stop/start and the injury in Rome derailed any small momentum that was building, Simona was 6-1 up and level at 3-3 with Kerber before tearing her calf muscle forcing her out of Roland Garros and could not then defend her Wimbledon title and missed out on the Olympics something we know she has been focused on for some time.

Not being able to defend her title meant one of the most incredible active runs on the tour came to an end, 373 consecutive weeks ranked inside the top 10 in the world with the Romanian sitting at No.8 on the all time list and the only active player on the list.

It was a shame because it was out of her control the injury was and when you see the ‘ranking freeze’ pretty much saving some players this year it highlights a flaw in this system. Should there been a ranking waiver for injury?

Since returning she only featured in Montreal, Cincinnati, US Open, Indian Wells and now Cluj. Building momentum has been tough, with all things considered making the fourth round at the US Open was a solid result for Halep.

Simona had a bit of a nightmare draw in New York, to come through Camila Giorgi who just won Montreal was a big positive and the win over Rybakina we saw glimpses of what we know she can do.

I do think that Cluj is a nice place to end the season at home, it is just a chance to finish with some wins. Next season is about building back up again, there will be plenty of points to pick up so I cannot see too much of a problem. There has been a lot of disruption to her season and for the first time in a long while she will have to do it without Darren Cahill with the pair announcing their split not so long ago but will still be with Daniel Dobre.

I’m certain in 2022 we will see a resurgent Simona Halep, she has had some tough moments this year. The calf tear, no Wimbledon defence, top ten ranking went but it’s about looking forward! She got married earlier in the year should take positives from when she has been able to play but isn’t done yet with Gabriela Ruse in round one of Cluj, the Romanian pair recently played doubles together at Indian Wells making the second round.

One more tournament to win a first title of 2021, Simona Halep has not been title less since 2012…

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