People’s opinions are divided when it comes to weather Simona Halep should have played tactically and lost to Ana Ivanovic in straight sets during the round robin phase of the WTA Finals, thus knocking Serena Williams out, or played fairly as she did, thus decreasing her chances of lifting the big trophy with the mighty Serena at the other side of the net.
My stance is that life is not fair and you should play it smart and stretch the rules where you can to increase your chances of success, just as Serena has strategically saved her body throughout her career. And it was not only about the prestigious title. By letting Serena go through, Halep practically said goodbye to the champion’s prize of $2,000,000 (as the runner-up she received $971,000).
However, Halep has gained admiration of a large number of tennis fans who will never forget her fairness and it seems that high-profile companies have also recognized the Romanian’s value. Porsche, who is not even her sponsor, but that of Maria Sharapova, awarded the 23-year-old Halep with a new shiny red Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe. Neat!