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Simona Halep practices in Miami, shares message forward of comeback



© Simona Halep – Instagram

Simona Halep has landed in Miami and held her first apply there as all the pieces is about for the two-time Grand Slam champion to launch her tennis comeback. 

Final Tuesday, 32-year-old Halep was formally cleared to return to tennis after the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) introduced that the Romanian’s four-year doping ban was lowered from 4 years to 9 months. Since Halep had been suspended since 2022 October, the CAS choice meant that the previous world No. 1 was allowed to return to the game instantly.

Two days later, Halep’s first match again was confirmed after the Miami Open determined to present the Romanian a predominant draw wildcard. 

“First day again, thanks @miamiopen,” Halep captioned her Instagram Story from Miami. 

Within the submit, Halep additionally cheekily added: “Seems like I by no means left (face with tongue out emoji).”

Simona Halep
Simona Halep© Simona Halep – Instagram

 

Halep set to play in Miami for the ninth time

When Halep kicks off her marketing campaign in Miami – which is scheduled to begin on March nineteenth – she might be making her ninth look on the match but in addition enjoying for the primary time for the reason that 2022 US Open.

In Miami, Halep debuted in 2011 when she beat Agnieszka Radwanska within the first spherical earlier than dropping to Svetlana Kuznetsova in her following match. After back-to-back third-round exits on the match in 2012 and 2013, Halep made her first massive Miami lead to 2015 by reaching the semifinal.

After dropping within the 2015 Miami semifinal to Serena Williams, Halep made her second semifinal on the match in 2019 – however once more misplaced in the identical stage, this time to Karolina Pliskova. 

Three years in the past, Halep reached the third spherical in Miami earlier than giving a walkover to Anastaija Sevastova attributable to a proper shoulder damage.

Simona Halep
Simona Halep© Getty Photos Sport – Al Bello

 

For Halep, arriving early in Miami and having a full week of apply and time to regulate to the circumstances may actually assist.



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