It’s been a bad year for Simona Halep. No, it’s been a very bad year for Simona Halep.
Losing in the first round of the Australian Open, the Romanian announced she was having a “nose issue“. In fact, it was a deviated septum – in other words a misalignment of stuff in your head – that was causing her ongoing sinus infections that were making her sick. Despite taking antibiotics to deal with it, it would be much easier to just get surgery and fix her head in order to keep the infections away permanently.
Weirdly, she then changed her mind and played both Doha and Dubai, doing pretty terribly in both. She still hasn’t had surgery or missed time, which has been perplexing for most fans. Reasonably, expectations for Halep had to be low going into Indian Wells.
The good news is, misaligned infected head zombie Simona has risen from the dead and can play some tennis. Beating Makarova in the third round was a fantastic win for her, and a match I thought her likely to lose. After Strycova retired down a set in their fourth round match, she had the unlucky fortune of playing Serena Williams next.
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