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Simona Halep - Mental Skills

Simona Halep’s recent Wimbledon win over Serena Williams was a flawless performance. During Halep’s post match interview she shared key mental strategies that tennis players’ at all levels can learn to elevate their competitive match play mental focus.

*Halep developed a game plan prior to the match and committed to that game plan. She knew which shots she needed to take Serena out of her comfort zone and stuck to that plan.

*Halep knows that Serena will fight back with power and purpose. Halep kept her thoughts focused on the points vs. thinking about who she was playing and what could happen.

*Within eleven minutes Halep was up 4-0. She stayed focused on playing every point vs. engaging in a mental dialogue about the score.

*Halep knew her returns of serve had to be effective. During her last practice session she prepared by primarily focusing on hitting returns of serve.

*Halep embraced her nerves vs. fighting or trying to ignore them. She channeled her nerves in a positive way to support her efforts.

These mental skills can be developed for player’s at any level of the game.

Here is the link to the Wimbledon 2019 post match interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho8bnRl0u9c

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