Coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted it was a big disappointment for Team Simona Halep to end the US Open campaign with a first round loss. On Monday, Halep shockingly exited the US Open after 124th-ranked qualifier Daria Snigur handed her a 6-2 0-6 6-4 loss.
During the North American hard court swing, Halep captured her second title of the season after winning Toronto. Also, Halep suffered a round-of-16 loss in Washington, while she pulled out of her Cincinnati second round match.
“Unfortunately it is the end of our US season. It ended with a big disappointment right after a great result with the title in Toronto,” Mouratoglou wrote on Instagram. “Whatever happens, good or bad, what always counts the most is the trust in the process, and the deep feeling of doing the right things to get where we want to be.
Thank you @simonahalep for giving everything every single day. It is all a coach could ask for. Thank you team @arnaudrestifo @candice_go. Thanks to all the fans and special one to the Romanians for being incredibly supportive both in victory and defeat. Time to prepare for the next challenges.”
Halep and Mouratoglou were aiming their first Grand Slam title together
Halep winning Toronto leading up to the US Open was believed to be a great confidence boost.
Going into the tournament, Halep was considered among top favorites for the US Open title. Some thought that Halep was the second favorite for the US Open title, just behind top-seeded Iga Swiatek. What was expected to be a big US Open run for Halep, ended in a first round loss.
But Halep has had several notable results since hiring Mouratoglou and she is definitely enjoying their partnership. Since hiring Mouratoglou, Halep has made three semifinals and won one title. Most notably, Halep reached the Wimbledon semifinal before losing to eventual champion Elena Rybakina. It remains to be seen how will Halep respond after a US Open disappointment.