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Simona Achieves Stunning Money Mark In Madrid

Simona Halep defeated Coco Gauff 64 64 in the third round in Madrid and the win vaulted the Romanian woman ahead of Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles and Maria Sharapova.

How you ask? Well, Halep’s win yesterday elevated her to become the third highest WTA career prize money earner in history with a total of $38.8 million, behind the two Williams sisters Venus and Serena. (Halep surpassed Sharapova who now is the fourth all time money earner.)

The 30 year old Halep has won 21 career WTA singles titles and has a career 555-231 match record as a pro. Her two Grand Slam titles came in 2019 at Wimbledon and 2018 at Roland Garros.

Halep is currently coached by Patrick Mouratoglou. She will next play Ons Jabeur in the QF at Mutua Madrid Open tournament.

Read the Biofile interview I did with Simona Halep at Miami Open in 2017

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  • catherine · May 4, 2022 at 7:31 am

    Scoop – Out of interest I revisited the Biofile interview you did with Simona in 2017 and I noticed that particular thread received 96 comments. I then browsed a few other tennis blogs, extant and abandoned, and wondered about the precipitous fall in numbers of comments generally.

    Lots of different reasons no doubt, specific to various sites, but maybe a general trend towards posting on Twitter and other social media. I really don’t know. But seems a shift in internet usage.

  • Scoop Malinowski · May 4, 2022 at 8:17 am

    Catherine, yes certain very active commenters no longer make their comments which has stopped the momentum of interaction and conversation but also I have to freeze comments on occasion because of heavy spam attacks. The good thing is the site visit numbers and google ad revenues are stronger than ever. People like Andrew, Hartt, even crazy Harold and others are missed as we had many quality discussions here. I hope you are pleased with the maintenance of quality of articles, features, interviews and posts I share.

  • catherine · May 4, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Well – here’s a talking point: Simona exits in SS to Jabeur. Patrick will not be pleased. I wasn’t terribly impressed by Simo’s match the other day although it got good reviews. She seems to me to be slowing down and I didn’t notice any new strategies. Injury ? If so, it’ll be finis for her career.

    Emma R reminds me of Evonne. Might have the same career trajectory. Lovely to watch at her best but not that many big titles.

  • Scoop Malinowski · May 4, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Catherine, Jabeur is tough on clay, annoying to play. Mouratoglou has to accept the loss, maybe he didn’t give Simona the right information. Raducanu is one of the biggest superstars in tennis now and deservedly so, for what she did in New York winning ten matches without losing a set over the span of three weeks. If Bjorn Borg admitted he had to hate every one of his opponents on court, it’s probable every WTA player Raducanu now plays feels a similar wrath against her. Tough business.



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