World number one Simona Halep is out of Miami. The Romanian ran into Agnieszka Radwanska who since her big week in Singapore in 2016 has not delivered.
As a WTA Finals champion, 20 time singles champion and former Wimbledon finalist she knows how to perform on the biggest stages just a shame that she hasn’t taken her game to that next level since Singapore in 2016 and last year her ranking tumbled and it became the first time in her career she finished the year without a top 10 win!
Halep started the better she began to find the forehand and dictate play running to a 4-1 lead in the first set which she saw off 6-3 in the end.
The intensity dropped from Halep and Aga managed to work her magic around the court. Watching Aga for years she does produce these moments but I’ve never had her down as a player who makes your work with a danger of losing the point on her terms usually on your own terms.
I felt like this watching Halep however Aga’s relentlessness on the court seemed to bother the world number one. Aga wasn’t playing tennis to blow Halep off the court but keeping the ball in play and keeping your running is how she creates her danger and it worked perfectly.
The performance asks more questions over Halep who has not played great this month at all and an interesting point picked up by Anne Keothavong on BT Sport is that at Miami we didn’t see Darren Cahill on court once.
During Indian Wells Cahill came on a lot and I wrote a piece about what he said and tensions and frustrations were high as Halep said to Cahill “just tell me how to play” and it looks like Halep had been told to figure it out for herself with a big clay court period coming up!
For Aga a big well done, her biggest win since winning the WTA Finals and a performance which shows it isn’t always about power. More consistency would see her back in he top 15 but it would be a tough ask.