No coach, so Halep flies solo
WOMEN’S world No. 1 Simona Halep says she is still searching for a coach after parting ways with Australian Darren Cahill.
The Romanian said her back was feeling “100 per cent” for an assault on the Australian Open in Melbourne this week, but she would tackle the Grand Slam event solo.
South Australian Cahill announced in November he was taking a 12-month break from the circuit to support his children with their schooling.
“For me it’s a little bit tough to change the person I’m working with every day because I get attached to the people, to my team,” Halep said yesterday. “I cannot change fast. I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to feel that I’m ready to take another challenge.
“As I say always, at this level it is impossible without coach. So maybe in the close future I will have someone. But for the moment, I’m just by myself.”
Halep, 27, lost to Australian world No. 15 Ash Barty 6-4 6-4 at the Sydney International on Wednesday in her first match since September, due to a persistent back injury.