Former world No.1 Halep splits with coach Cahill
September 22 2021 11:41 PM
Simona Halep
Simona Halep

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Simona Halep yesterday announced the end of her partnership with long-time coach Darren Cahill, who helped her reach world number one and win two Grand Slams.
“After six wonderful years working together, Darren Cahill and I have decided that it’s time to end our working relationship,” Halep tweeted.
“Thank you D for everything, for making me a better tennis player and a better person.”
Halep, who turns 30 next week, climbed to the top of the women’s rankings for the first time in October 2017. The Romanian won Roland Garros the following year and claimed the 2019 Wimbledon title.
Australian Cahill took a break from working with Halep in 2019 for family reasons but remained in touch with her during that year’s Wimbledon triumph, where she beat Serena Williams in the final.
The pair reunited in 2020 but were largely kept apart by the Covid-19 pandemic and Halep’s calf injury that ruled her out of this year’s French Open and Wimbledon.
She is currently ranked 14th after losing in the last 16 of the US Open.

Britain’s Konta pulls out of two events due to groin injury
Britain’s Johanna Konta has pulled out of upcoming WTA events in Chicago and Indian Wells because of the groin injury that also forced her to skip the US Open, British media reported.
Konta withdrew from Wimbledon in June, a day before the Grand Slam got underway, when a member of her team tested positive for Covid-19. She also missed the Tokyo Olympics after contracting the virus.
Konta last played at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati last month, where she was knocked out in the opening match by Czech Karolina Muchova.
The Chicago event begins next week, with Indian Wells starting the following week.

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