Halep looks to be more positive after Open | Ralph Lauren

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Simona Halep says she’s a little frustrated at her negativity on court during the Australian Open but she’ll leave Melbourne with her head held high.

The Romanian world No.2 went out in straight sets at the hands of 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in Tuesday’s quarter-final after her serve let her down at a couple of pivotal moments.

“My feeling after this match is that I was not that far (away) but she was stronger in the important moments,” she said.

“I had 3-1 in the second set and my serve didn’t help me much, so I have to be a little bit stronger on the serve, but it didn’t work today.

“In my opinion, I had a good game tonight. I’m not that disappointed with myself.”

The sight of Halep grumbling on court has been commonplace over the last couple of weeks and it’s a habit the Wimbledon champion is determined to break.

The two-time grand slam champion had not played a competitive match since the French Open in early October when she arrived in Australia and went into quarantine, and she thought that might have contributed to her mindset.

“I probably felt the pressure after three, four months without an official match and I didn’t know what to expect here. So probably the tension, I felt it more, and I didn’t know how to manage it that well,” Halep said.

“I have been complaining a little bit too much, I think. But tennis-wise, I think I did a good job … so I’m positive about that and I have confidence.

“But I still have to work to get back in the good shape mentally.”

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