PARIS—Simona Halep says she is a better competitor since a temporary split from her coach, Darren Cahill.
After Miami, Cahill stopped coaching Halep because he was unhappy with her effort in a 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 defeat to Johanna Konta.
“I just felt that it was like a shock, because I lost the coach," Halep said. "So I have just to improve in this way, because he never had something to complain about my game and about the work that I do, because I'm working.
"But just with my attitude. I knew that is the only one thing that I have to change to have him back. So I work hard, and I changed.”
Since then, Halep has reached the semis at Stuttgart, won Madrid and reached the final at Rome.
“When I finished Stuttgart, he said he saw enough, and he's ready to come back. I asked him if he wants to come back before Madrid,” she said, smiling. “He said yes, because I improved a lot, and he saw that I really wanted to change that. So the desire that I had in that moment made him come back and just be ready for me.
"Now I'm happy that I can be positive on court, and I will never be negative, I felt ashamed about what I did.”