Separated from her Australian coach Darren Cahill for seven months during the pandemic, Halep spent the extended break from competition with her Romanian coach, Artemon Apostu-Efremov. Followed by two straight titles on the red dirt.
After a discussion of around 10 minutes between tournament referees and officials, Djokovic was disqualified from the match in accordance with the rules, even though the 17-time Grand Slam victor had not meant to strike the line judge.
"I practiced two days at home with the ball".
"I felt the cold. My legs are stronger and stronger, which gives me confidence during the matches, and also on clay it's (helpful)".
Top seed and 2018 champion Simona Halep swept into the second round with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Spanish world number 70 Sara Sorribes Tormo.
'For me, it was really important to do everything that I could to just create my own personal bubble, just to stay in it, a travel bubble, like everything that I can possibly do we kind of do.
"This is getting a little ridiculous.
She's had an incredible career and is still playing really good", she said.
Last week, in his first tournament after the debacle in New York, Djokovic received a code-of-conduct warning for smashing a racket during his quarterfinal match at the Italian Open.
Venus Williams suffered her fifth first-round loss at the last six grand slams, the 40-year-old going down 6-4 6-4 to Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Putintseva and Pliskova each retired because of injury after losing the first set to Halep, while Muguruza was methodically worn down over the course of a long three-setter.
Speaking at her post-match press conference, the Belarusian 10th seed said: "I think it's very tricky at the moment to have these conditions". While the U.S. Open was ongoing, he practiced with the new ball in his home island of Mallorca.
"I'm down to play whatever", Azarenka said to an official while sitting under an umbrella on her chair.
Williams is another player not enamoured with the conditions in Paris, where the weather has been unseasonably wet and cold even for early autumn. Obviously I think the world is still not yet 100 per cent clear on whether once you have the virus it is going to come back or not. I won the tournament in Rome just a week later after what happened in NY.
'I feel like I'm so close to doing better, just playing better. 11 amid the COVID-19 crisis and only 1,000 spectators are allowed on site each day after organisers had initially hoped to welcome 20,000 - about half the normal capacity.
"The flawless present was that I won today", said Halep who was celebrating her 29th birthday.
After the match, she said the conditions were risky.
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