Is Simona Halep the Wimbledon Women’s singles dark horse?
While Iga Swiatek is the clear Wimbledon favourite the women’s singles field has a wide open feel to it.
There are big stars returning after a long time out, and others who are some distance along their comeback trail.
One of those is 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, who has threatened to recapture her best form since teaming up with Serena Williams’ former coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
Eurosport pundit Alex Corretja believes that Halep is a danger to everyone who will be bracketed around her in Friday’s draw.
Halep has been handed the 16th seeding as she continues to climb back up the rankings and now back to full fitness her experience alone makes her a credible challenger.
Corretja believes all the signs are there that Halep might be able to go deep at SW19.
“You never know what can happen with someone as good as Simona Halep because I was expecting her to do well at Roland-Garros,” he said.
“It didn’t happen, but maybe after that period to prepare and to get ready for Wimbledon she’s fresher, and now with the experience she has, maybe it’s enough to just go ahead into the tournament.
“She needs to feel well. She needs to be hungry. If she changed coaches with Patrick Mouratoglou now, it’s because she feels like she can still improve things.
“I play tennis because I love it. He brought that fire back.”
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“This is always nice when you’re a tennis player, you like to feel that you can do different things, especially when your career goes on and on because otherwise you always do the same.
“Simona we all know is a warrior, she’s a great fighter and she’s going to be there. I’m sure if you see Simona Halep on your side of the draw, you don’t want to play against her because you know that you will need to fight till the end, no matter if it’s grass, clay or hard court.
“So I think, Simona, you always need to give her credit that she can do well.”
The Wimbledon draw takes place on Friday 24 June from the All England Club.
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