Former world No. 1 Simona Halep believes she did a good job at the US Open despite a round-of-16 exit.
Halep, now ranked at No. 13 in the world, lost to world No. 5 Elina Svitolina in the US Open round-of-16.
Former world No. 3 Svitolina routinely handled Halep as she beat the Romanian 6-3 6-3.
“Yeah, nerves because I knew it was going to be a tough match,” Halep said, per Tennishead. “I’ve been a little bit tired after three good matches here. But when you don’t have many matches, you always are a little bit stressed before the match. But overall I think I did a good job here and I’m looking forward with positive thoughts.”
Halep stood no chance against Svitolina
Svitolina claimed two breaks in each set and dropped her serve only once en route to claiming a straight-set win over Halep.
“Too many unforced errors from my side. I think I rushed,” Halep said. “I overhit sometimes. She was responding very well. Yeah, I think I rushed a little bit too much. Maybe if I would have let’s say a little bit more patience, I think would have been better.
“At this level you need to be a hundred percent with all aspects. That aspect [consistency] is a little bit struggling from my side, so that’s why I was not able to do a better match.”
Halep missed the French Open and Wimbledon due to an injury.
Halep just recently returned from a three-month injury break and making the round-of-16 at the US Open was positive result for her.
“Go home and rest a little bit because I feel good, but the body is used,” Halep revealed. “I used it a lot this period so I need to calm down. Then I will decide what I play after I see how I feel.”