After Simona Halep lost last year’s French Open, she said she had not been ready to win. After Saturday night’s gallant defeat to Caroline Wozniacki in a third Grand Slam final, and first at Melbourne Park, she said her mind and her game had been ready, but her body was not.
Yes, the top seed was upset that she lost the Australian Open final, but knew she had done all that she was physically capable of doing to win. She had played with pain in both feet, which were “dead” and will undergo MRI scans. She had a headache and cramps. Yet however low her energy reserves were against a fresher opponent, there was no shortage of effort.