Simona Halep wins Melbourne Summer Set 1 ahead of the Australian Open. It’s her 23rd WTA title and, surprisingly for most of her fans, the first one in 16 months. Her last title was in Rome in 2020.
Simona wins at Veronika Kudermetova to secure the first title in 2022 with 6-2, 6-3. After the game, she said Darren Cahill, her former coach, who attended the final round, was like her family.
The Romanian player got 280 WTA points to secure the 15th position in the ranking. She withdraws from the tournament in Sidney but prepares for the Australian Open.
After the Nole Djokovic scandal, the controversial tournament is due to start on January 17.