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Simona Halep tipped for 'exciting' future again as coach reflects on fine Wimbledon run

There is a definite sense that Simona Halep is back after her great run at Wimbledon, and coach Patrick Mouratoglou believes 'exciting' things now lay ahead.
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Patrick Mouratoglou paid tribute to 'amazing' Simona Halep after her defeat to Elena Rybakina in the Wimbledon semi-final.

Halep, who won the tournament in 2019, has struggled during the last year before turning to Mouratoglou for help.

She looked much closer to her old self at Wimbledon, though, and he now has very high hopes for what they can achieve in the future.

"Elena Rybakina was too good for us," Mouratoglou wrote on Instagram. "A loss is always very disappointing, especially when you give everything you have on all levels.

"But it is always to put it in perspective, and the last three months with Simona Halep have been amazing.

"Now time to rest before an exciting summer. A massive thank you to all the fans who are supporting her the good but also the bad days."

Halep certainly struggled of late, even having a panic attack during her shock second round defeat at Roland Garros.

Mouratoglou appears to have helped her refocus, and she agrees with her coach that things are starting to turn around for her.

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“I improved a lot in my serve the last three months," Halep said "But today I feel like I went back to my normal one. Many double-faults and too soft. Definitely if I would have had a better serve today, it would have been better.

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“I had three months of changing things, so probably I need more time to just fix them and to keep them every day. Today probably I was a little bit tired and it didn’t work."

“I think the last four weeks were pretty good. I take all the positives from those weeks," she said, adding that her immediate plan was to take a holiday.

“I have confidence because I showed myself that I can play good tennis. But, yeah, today probably was a little bit too much. I’m looking forward to working the same way. I’m sure that it’s going to be better the next week.

“My goal is like the goal I came here (with), just to improve on myself and do what I want to do on court: to be more aggressive, to be creative, and keep the same level every day. I kept it, but today was not good enough. I was not good enough."

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