Although Simona Halep noted that switching surfaces is never simple, she was happy to be able to begin her summer on hard courts by defeating Cristina Bucsa. In her Washington debut, Halep, the third-seeded player in the draw, defeated qualifier Bucsa 6-3 7-5.
According to the WTA website, Halep remarked after her victory, “I believe every time you change surfaces it’s challenging, and you need a little bit of time to get acclimated to it.” “Today was a little difficult for me, but it was great that I was able to do it in two sets.
Since we were playing against Bucsa for the first time, it was not an easy match, so I’m thrilled to have advanced.
Bucsa was defeated by Halep in two sets.
Halep dropped a break opportunity in the opening game of the first set, but she broke Bucsa again in the sixth game and held on to her service for the remainder of the set to win the first one.
Halep broke Bucsa twice in the second set to take a 5-2 lead after taking the first set. Bucsa refused to give up even though she was down a set and two breaks, and she earned back-to-back breaks to tie the second set at five games each.
Halep, however, was able to regain her composure as she broke Bucsa once again in the eleventh game and served out the match in the subsequent game. Halep hopes to win her first championship this week after hiring coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
Halep claimed that Mouratoglou had rekindled her enthusiasm for the game in Washington. “I can say right now that meeting Patrick was the best thing that could have happened to me. He is extremely energized. He’s quite generous. Therefore, working with people like this means a lot to me.
I’m having a great time during this time because of all of his wisdom and fantastic expertise. Halep said of Mouratoglou, “He got me back to enjoy tennis and to love working, which never happened before. Halep will face either Madison Brengle or Anna Kalinskaya in the round of 16.