If you ever wanted insight into player's mentality and the dynamics of a top coaching partnership, look no further than Simona Halep and Darren Cahill. Halep has been very open over the years about her need to fight against the negativity that can envelop her during matches, but it's always easier said than done.
On Wednesday, the World No.5 found herself incredibly frustrated after being taken to a third set by No.11 Johanna Konta. Konta would go on to win, 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open. Halep had dominated much of the match and served for a spot in the semifinals at 5-4 in the second set and came within two points of the win in that game and again at 5-3 in the tie-break.
After failing to close the match, she called Cahill down for a near-four minute on-court coaching timeout - Konta had left the court for a bathroom break - that veered back and forth between a vent session and pep talk.
"I was putting myself down a little bit," Halep told WTA Insider after the match with a laugh. "All the time on the court, even if I show that I'm talking with them, I put myself very down during the match. I don't have [any problem] with anyone; it's just my personality to be hard on myself.
"I want to change that in the future. I can say that I'm better than before, and I'm working on it."
Will Halep head right home?
"I'll stay here a couple more days, to relax & enjoy! The crepes are too good; I cannot leave!"#MiamiOpen
? WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) March 29, 2017
During the on-court coaching visit, Halep tried to work through her frustration, while Cahill challenged her to channel her disappointment to turn thing around.
"You have an opportunity to make a difference," Cahill said. "That's all I can say. You've been in this position many times before and most times, you're coming out second best. Right now you have an opportunity to change things. It's up to you. You can decide what you want to do here. You can go down this path and that's fine. Or you can take a deep breath, put your towel on your head and try and get a little better in these situations.
"It's as simple as that. It's up to you. It comes from within. It's no problem venting and getting all this stuff out, that's no problem, as long as you are willing to make a difference. And if she beats you playing great tennis, no worries. Shake her hand and tell her well done."
Watch the full timeout below: