On Monday, Simona Halep felt injured in the first round at Australia Open after the No 4 seed was dumped out against American Shelby Rogers.
The 25-years-old Romanian professional tennis player went down at 6-3, 6-1 against to American Shelby Rogers on day one in hot condition on Rod Laver Arena.
Halep was playing the first match of the tournament on the center court, and she became the first major victim.
Halep is one best player who can move fastest on the court. However, she misses her usual zip against American 24-years-old tennis player. Last year, Rogers reached in quarter-finals in the French Open.
Halep said that “I had pain at my knee” she adding that in October at the WTA Finals in Singapore, she first felt the muscle problem. “For me, in the second set, was difficult to move anymore, but she deserved to win. She was aggressive, and she hit very strong.”
When asked about crashing out in the first round, she said “I’m a bit frustrated, but you cannot change much. I’m okay. Just looking ahead. It happens, and I just want to be well with the knee. And then I will think about the game.”
For Rogers, Australia Open was her second appearance; she was overjoyed at claiming such a big scalp. The 24-years-old American said that “It’s pretty incredible, I played really well today. There are no easy matches at this level, so I am happy to get through and I take a lot of confidence from today.”
She added that making the last eight at Roland Garros has given her the faith that she can defeat the top players. “The biggest thing I took away from that was just that I can compete with the top players in the world and I’m good enough.”
“So I have definitely carried that away from the French Open and just been enjoying it a little bit. There has been a lot of positive feedback, which has been nice. I’m just trying to keep that going.”