Simona Halep has added Andrei Pavel to her coaching team.
The No. 2-ranked Halep announced the appointment following her defeat to Maria Sharapova in the first round of the US Open. She will also keep working with her current coach, Darren Cahill.
"I know I have to keep working hard to get better," she wrote on social media. "I also want to tell you that Andrei Pavel is a member of my team. It[']s an honor for me to have him around. I'm sure that I have many things to learn from his experience and advice.
"Nothing changes with Darren. Everything will be the same."
Yesterday during the press i ve been asked if i think about myself that i m an unlucky person..well not really. I m really lucky person actually for everything i have around me. My life, my family, my friends and my TEAM and of course the tennis! Yes, for sure is not the result i wanted here but life knows what it is doing with you, always. After yesterday , i know that i have to keep working hard to get better! Now i also want to tell you that Andrei Pavel is a member of my team. It s an honor for me to have him around. I m sure that i have many things to learn from his experience and advice. Nothing changes with Darren, everything will be the same Now i know that the boys are sick of me so it s time to get lost and relax but very soon back to work! Thank you boys for being by my side every moment! @theocer @dc10s @stefansodolescu
Pavel, a former ATP pro, has worked with other WTA players since retiring from the tour.
Halep fell to Sharapova in three sets, spanning two hours and 43 minutes—the longest match of the first round.
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