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Eurosport on Simona Halep

“Athletes are rarely good at conveying their thoughts, feelings and emotions in front of a group of journalists furiously scribbling into pads. Some can’t, some don’t want to and others just couldn’t care any less.

It’s an issue in their first language after the exhausting media training exercises, but Halep manages to leave little to the imagination in a language she hasn’t even fully grasped.

Her voice is monotonous; quiet, level and unwavering regardless of the emotion she attempts to convey. It should really be dull and uninteresting, but the sincerity dripping from every syllable is so clear that it has the effect of the complete opposite.”

The full article – here:


It was before the final :), but no matter.

My favorite person today

5-2, set point, what to do?

WTA finals, Singapore, 2014. Two days ago Simona Halep crushed world no. 1 Serena Williams 6-0 6-2, an extremely rare score of such a magnitude. Admittedly, Serena seemed not to be at 100% healthwise, yet she rebounded afterwards thrashing talented Eugenie Bouchard 6-1 6-1.

The round robin system means all 4 players in the group play 3 matches, the best two scorelines advance to the semifinals. With Simona, Serena and Ana Ivanovic all beating Eugenie, Serena having won against Ana in the first match, it comes down to the last game between Simona and Ana.

Simona needs to win 4 or 5 games to win the group. Ana needs to win in 2 sets to advance together with Simona and kick Serena out in the process.

Simona goes up to 5-2 in the first set. She thus wins the group. Has set point – if she wins it though, indirectly it means Serena advances no matter who wins this match.

She falters.
Loses the game.
And the next 3 games.
Eventually they go into tie-break. Ana wins the set.

Some smarty-pants on Twitter start bashing her for dropping the set and “making a mockery of the game”, just to avoid the possibility of meeting Serena again – everyone knows that catching her off-side again is unlikely. Others point out that it is not in her best interest to go 3 sets, as her semifinal is tomorrow. So…

So… what? Simona wins the second set 6-3.
And… loses the third, 3-6.

Let’s recap: She keeps Serena in contest, goes 3 sets tiring herself before the all-important semifinal, and loses the match. Who’d do that?

Someone who PLAYS FAIR. Gives it all. No matter what. A champion, in other words.

“I knew that if I lose something like 6-3 6-3 Serena would be out. I didn’t care. I’m not afraid to meet her again.”

Simona Halep, my favorite person today.



Game, set & Simona

20140531_153959People are wondering (and some wriggle their nose) about the sudden Simona Halep craze going on in Romania, after she rose from no. 57 at last year’s Roland Garros to no. 3 in the world, the epic Roland Garros final 2014 and the Wimbledon 4th round as we speak.

It’s very simple: if someone does very well, excelling among the best in the world, through their own talent and hard work, and in the process stays a nice person even under the brightest of lime lights – well, that inspires people.

It inspires me, and it obviously inspires the likes of Mats Wilander and Barbara Schett – just look at their faces watching her speak about her tactics (and pitfalls) with an openness that stuns in a world of shrewd tactics and opponent’s deceit. That hasn’t reached Simona yet – and we hope it doesn’t ever, having her remain the breath of fresh air brought to women’s tennis these days.

Watch the interview before the Roland Garros final by clicking on the picture below:







Winning gets you admirers, many of them ego-hunters. How you win gets you hearts. Good luck Simona!