Simona Halep has suggested that the Miami Masters which began with WTA matches on Tuesday could be anyone’s tournament.

Unlike the ATP side of the field, where five of the Top 10 are missing, the women’s side features nearly a full lineup.

Third-ranked Halep, still the Wimbledon defending champion after the tournament was not played last year, believes that the winner could come out of almost nowhere.

WTA depth has been strong so far this season, with only one woman – Daria Kasatkina – winning two titles from 11 events.

“I think women struggle more with this bubble situation,’ the 29-year-old Romanian prior to her start at the Miami Masters.

“This is not an easy period for anyone, staying in the hotel bubble. Not all players are performing at their best.

“Women’s tennis is open, anyone in the Top 10 for sure can win a tournament.”

The player who has held the No. 1 ranking for a career total of 64 weeks sometimes finds herself shocked by her own longevity.

“I’m amazed I could stay for so long in the Top 10 and never finishing lower than fourth.than fourth for many years… this means a lot to me.

“I stay focused on what I have to do, I’m professional with my body and I haven’t had any big injuries,” said the player who contracted a mild case of COVID last year and has also had her first vaccine jab.

“I’ve taken care of everything very well. My game is based on feeling the ball and not missing so much.”


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