Halep hopes to break her duck

13 January 2018 21:27:03 GMTPlus11

Simona Halep has admitted that she is desperate to win the first Grand Slam of her career by triumphing at this month's Australian Open.

The Romanian is currently the world number one and, with Serena Williams deciding not to take part in Melbourne, she is 8/11 to win the first Grand Slam of the year and 15/8 to reach the final.

Halep has reached the French Open final on two occasions - in 2014 and 2017 - and is 11/2 to win the tournament later in 2018.

"I have one more goal - to win a Grand Slam," said the 26-year-old.

"But now I'm focusing on my game. I really want to get better and to improve on what I am less good at."

Meanwhile, Johanna Konta is fully-fit heading into the tournament. The ninth seed, who beat Halep at Wimbledon last year, was forced to retire in Brisbane earlier this month with a hip injury before losing to Agnieszka Radwanska in Sydney on Tuesday.

"What happened in Brisbane, that actually got better quite quickly, a lot quicker than I thought," said the British number one, who will play American Madison Brengle in her opening match in Melbourne on Tuesday.

"It felt fine in my match in Sydney, as well. Since then, just looking after the body as usual. So far so good."

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