Romania’s Simona Halep, on Thursday, May 26, suffered a panic attack during her second round match in the French Open 2022 against China’s Zheng Qinwen. Halep started the match at Court Simonne-Mathieu by winning the opening set, but lost her completely from there on.
During the second half of the match, she called up her trainer after she found it tough to breathe properly. The 30-year-old Halep, who is also a former French Open champion, lost 11 out of her final 12 games and got knocked out of the clay court tournament.
After the end of the match, the former World No.1 penned down a powerful message on her Instagram account, talking about her troubles over the past one and half years or so. The veteran said that she contemplated quitting the game after her Round of 64 loss in the Qatar Open back in February.
However, instead of giving up, Halep said that she put in the hard yards and is proud of her achievements until now. Halep also said that she needs more time to get back to her best.
PROUD OF MYSELF
“Hi everyone, I’m writing down these words because I feel like sharing with those who care. As always, I feel such great support from my fans, and I’d like to say thank you to all of you!”
“You are great! You are supporting me unconditionally, and this means a lot! I’m generally not a dramatic person, and I hope I don’t sound like this by writing these words now. The last 18 months were very tough, emotional, and physical. After losing in Doha, my message to the people very close to me was that I could not do it anymore, that I was done with tennis.”
“But somehow, I got the fire back and started to feel the love for tennis again, and I decided to work hard and make significant changes. I am very proud of myself for all I have done lately. I could only do this with Patrick’s help, and I want to thank him for being by my side. The results are tough, of course, because the expectations are high.”
“I’m a grand slam winner, I’m a former number 1, and I am expected to win. But nothing should be taken for granted. To be able to touch the highest mountain in tennis again, I need time and a lot of hard work. It is not my personality to give up, so tomorrow is a new day and I’ll be ready to start again! By the way, now I know how it is to have a panic attack; not easy to handle, but I’m over it now, and I am smiling already! Love Simona.”