“His son needs his support and the whole family, so I think it was the best decision for him," she said. "Also the four years that we had were really tough, difficult, so the road was not easy to get to No 1 and also winning a grand slam. I think for him it was the best decision. For me it’s not that bad. I needed some time to rest, less pressure, so we still are very good friends. He came here a few days, to give me advice. He’s a great person, we will be forever friends.”
Halep knows that replacing Cahill will not be easy and she plans to take her time. Though the Australian has been on court with her in Melbourne, she will have to do the problem-solving alone over the coming months.
Hope to find someone by my side
A strong character, it’s something she’s not afraid of but she knows it will not be straightforward. “I have been alone for the last two months and it’s not easy at all,” she said. “Every time, I say that at this level you need a coach. 100 percent for that. I know maybe I lost some time now, because I didn’t have a coach, you need someone to direct you, and to give you advice. OK, we know how to play tennis, we played so much, we know the opponents, but it’s not the same. I hope in the close future to find someone to be by my side.”