- 01 Nov 2019
Simona Halep believes she deserved the blunt criticism after coach Darren Cahill labelled the Wimbledon champion a “disgrace” during her WTA Finals defeat to Karolina Pliskova.
World number five Halep slipped to a 6-0 2-6 6-4 loss on Friday, as her season came to an end in disappointing fashion.
During a courtside discussion with her coach, midway through the deciding set, Cahill condemned the 28-year-old’s performance by saying: “The last three games you have been an absolute disgrace on court.”
Cahill’s tough words did not have the desired effect, with Pliskova going on to progress to the semi-finals where world number one Ashleigh Barty awaits her.
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) October 28, 2019
Halep, however, has conceded her coach was right to be so harsh on her.
“I’m pretty sure that I deserved it because I was not calm,” Halep said in a news conference, according to WTA Insider.
“I changed something in my attitude.
“Everyone knows that I’m working on that. I was a little bit p***** at myself that I did that. I’m sure that I made him p***** also.”
Since her superb run to Wimbledon glory, former world number one Halep has failed to find her best form, only making it into the last eight in one of the five tournaments she has participated in since July.