No coach, so Halep flies solo

Sunday Mail - - SPORT -

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.

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