Simona Halep hits out at Wimbledon conditions after No 1 seed’s shock exit
SIMONA HALEP became the latest in a long list of top women’s seeds to crash out of Wimbledon but she blamed the difficult of playing at SW19 for her defeat.
Halep was a set up against Hsieh Su-Wei on No 1 Court but lost the second and was crucially broken at 5-5 in the decider before the Taiwanese player served out to complete a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win.
The Romanian has traditionally struggled at Wimbledon more than any other Grand Slam and she was quick to highlight the challenges of the surface after her defeat.
“The ball is not bouncing two times in a row the same,” Halep said.
“It's really tough to stay low, to play every ball, to expect actually nothing because you never know where the ball is bouncing and where is coming.
“It's always a big challenge to play on grass court.
“I cannot play my best tennis here, but I hope to improve more for the next years, to have a better result in the future.
“I have just to be very low. I have to stay closer to the court because the ball is coming fast. The grass is very different. It's very special.”
Halep reached the Wimbledon semi-final back in 2014 but has not been back there since, including two exits before the second week.
But the 26-year-old Australian Open champion would have had high hopes of making a deep run this time around having watched eight of her fellow top 10 seeds go out.
However, she was undone by world No 17 Hsieh, whose unusual style also made life harder for Halep.
“The difficulty was bigger today because of her game. She played really well,” Halep added.
“She stayed there for every point. All the credit to her.
“Actually it was okay as a game. I just believe that I was not very positive on court.
“The match was very unprofessional for me. But I am too tired. I was too tired. I have pain everywhere.
“I will not find the excuses about this match, she deserved to win, but still I'm sad about myself today.”