Simona Halep: Winning an Olympic medal for Romania would fulfil my tennis career


Now that she has added the Wimbledon trophy to her collection, Simona Halep feels the only thing missing from her collection is an Olympic medal.

Halep became Romania’s first Wimbledon singles champion on Saturday when she beat 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in a one-sided women’s final at the All England Club.

It means she is now a two-time major winner, having also won the French Open in 2018, and while others might put a Career Grand Slam next on their list, the 27-year-old wants to win a medal for her country.

“An Olympic medal,” she said. “I said that at the beginning of the year and I still keep it.

“I want to win any medal in the Olympics to fulfil everything I have done in tennis. It is a chance to play for my country. I have always loved to do that, playing in all the Fed Cup matches.

“The disappointment from this year [when Romania lost to France in the Fed Cup semi-finals] really hurt me, so to play to well to get a medal, it would be a dream.”

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