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By Nick Mulvenney

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Simona Halep has come near successful the Australian Open on a few events and though she doesn’t wish to dwell an excessive amount of on what might need been, it does encourage her to consider that she will be able to go deep within the event once more.

Halep, who boasts French Open and Wimbledon titles in her Grand Slam assortment, misplaced the 2018 Australian Open last to Caroline Wozniacki and fell on the penultimate hurdle final 12 months with a semi-final loss to Garbine Muguruza.

“I’ve the ends in my head each time I come right here. I at all times assume if I did it as soon as, or twice, I’ve the likelihood to do it once more,” the 29-year-old Romanian instructed reporters a few days out from her twelfth Australian Open.

“However I do not wish to assume that a lot as a result of I put stress on myself and I count on perhaps an excessive amount of typically. I’ll take as a standard event, an vital one, in fact.”

That pragmatic outlook permeated Halep’s information convention and the second seed returned to the theme when requested how, in a sport the place consistency is at a premium, she had remained on the earth’s high 10 for seven years.

“I believe I have been very targeted on my job, as a result of I name it a job. It’s a job in my head. I have the benefit of it, nevertheless it’s a job,” she mentioned.

“Within the final 5, seven years, I can say in an element that it’s a job, but additionally I’ve the fervour that retains me alive on this sport.”

After two weeks of quarantine in Adelaide — “For me, it was OK” — Halep bought again to work this week with two wins within the Gippsland Trophy earlier than crashing out to Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Within the first spherical of the Grand Slam on Monday or Tuesday, Halep mentioned she could be totally targeted on her first profession assembly with Australian world quantity 140 Lisette Cabrera.

“It is a massive problem the primary spherical all over the place … I’ll prepare slightly bit what I’ve to do in opposition to her,” she added.

“I’m centred. I am targeted on what I’ve to do, however I am not pondering that a lot in regards to the probabilities that I’ve right here.”

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