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Simona Halep plans to start 2019 season without a coach

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 22 Nov 2018
  • Halep won't have a coach to begin 2019
  • World No. 1 split with master coach Cahill after the Australian announced he would be taking 2019 off due to family reasons
Simona Halep (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Simona Halep has decided against working with a new coach for the start of 2019, preferring to move forward in a solo capacity as she begins life without Darren Cahill.

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Veteran coach Cahill unexpectedly announced that he would be taking a year off from coaching due to family reasons last week. The Australian, who also coached Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt to Grand Slam glory and the No. 1 ranking, began working with Halep in 2015 and guided the Romanian to those two prizes over the last couple of seasons.



It was a hugely successful partnership, but Halep will have to go back to life without Cahill in 2019 - and the French Open champion says she wants to test out touring without a coach for at least the beginning of next year.

“I thought about it and I will not have a coach in the following period. I want to go to some tournaments on my own and we’ll see how that goes,” Halep told Romanian news.

On the back of a career-best season in which she captured her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros and remained at No. 1 for the majority of the year, along with capturing further silverware at the Rogers Cup and Shenzhen and finishing runner-up at the Australian Open, Halep now has the pressure of defending all of those points firmly on her shoulders.

Making matters a bit more complicated is the uncertainty surrounding her back injury, which forced her to withdraw from the season-ending WTA Finals Singapore and ultimately cost her a chance to win her first matches since Cincinnati in August.

Halep hasn’t entered any of the three WTA tournaments during the first week of the 2019 season, including the Shenzhen Open, where she is defending champion. The 27-year-old might still opt for a wildcard before reportedly beginning her year at the Apia International in Sydney. Halep will then switch her attention to the Australian Open, which begins on January 14.


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