Halep is set to play on the observe: "I'm nonetheless motivated:

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from Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday October 27, 2021

It's been a tough season for Simona Halep in 2021. She had to miss Roland-Garros and Wimbledon – the two slams she previously triumphed in – due to a calf injury, then also the Olympic Games – and the international competition in which she expressed a strong desire to compete – because of same injury.

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But in October things are looking up for the Romanian. She was married to Toni Iuric last month and is finally in good spirits again at the Transylvania Open on home soil in Cluj-napoca, Romania.

"I'm improving day by day and feel more confident during the tournaments and games," said Halep after her 6-1, 6-2 win over Elena-Gabriela Ruse on Wednesday. "I think I started feeling my best game again, of course it's never easy after a long period of not playing games, but now I just focus on what I feel today and me I feel good.

"Injuries are already over, so I try to take the positive with me every time I play."

Step by step ✊ @ TransylvaniaOpn pic.twitter.com/P8gDEbE3Og

– Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) October 27, 2021

Goals for the rest of 2021 – Get the confidence back

Halep's remarkable streak of 373 straight weeks in the top 10 (8th longest in WTA history) came to an end in August and the Romanian knows she'll need to rebuild her confidence to build another streak. Moving forward without longtime coach Darren Cahill will be challenging, which explains why Halep, currently in 18th place, is playing a tough schedule despite not qualifying for the WTA final.

She was asked about it by Tennis.com's David Kane at her post-game press conference today.

"Just to get the feeling of the official games back, I haven't played much this year and I really want to regain that feeling and gain confidence so this is the only goal," she said.

Classic 💯 @ Simona_Halep | #TransylvaniaOpen pic.twitter.com/jH76gLfBjH

– wta (@WTA) October 27, 2021

"I'm still motivated" – No plans for Halep

Some speculated that Halep might downgrade or maybe even step back from the tour to raise a family after marrying Iuric in September. But Halep assured the media today that she is motivated to return to the top of the game.

"A lot of people talked about it, but I never said I would go down after the wedding party, I'm still motivated, I still love tennis, my husband is next to me all the time and I'm happy, I'm just happy to stay on the pitch and play and have games, ”she said.

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