Simona Halep indicated that the time of Serena Williams dominating women’s tennis may be over.
The Romanian was speaking in Doha during this weeks’ Qatar Open. Halep referred to the last two grand slams where Williams was the outright favourite but lost.
The American fell to an inspired Roberta Vinci in the semi-finals of the US Open and was then edged by Angelique Kerber in the final of the Australian Open last month.
With upsets such as these, Halep believes the women’s draw is wide open at any event.
“I think now every tournament is open to win…everyone can win,” said the world number four.
“I know that Serena is still there and she’s very strong. But as I said before, if Angelique won this (Australian), Pennetta won the US Open, in my opinion, I can believe more that I have a chance to win. I think every player thinks the same.
“It’s a chance for us to fight and believe that we can win a Grand Slam. I do now. We just need more time. We just need more confidence. Why not believe that we can beat also Serena.”