Simona Halep has added fellow Romanian Andrei Pavel to her coaching team following a first-round exit at the US Open.
The second seed at Flushing Meadows, Halep was beaten by wildcard Maria Sharapova in her opening match.
Having stated her determination to work harder in the wake of that loss, she announced the hiring of Pavel in an Instagram post on Tuesday. The former men's world number 13 will work alongside Darren Cahill, Halep's primary coach.
"After yesterday [Monday], I know that I have to keep working hard to get better," wrote Halep.
"Now I also want to tell you that Andrei Pavel is a member of my team. It's an honour for me to have him around. I am sure that I have many things to learn from his experience and advice.
"Nothing changes with Darren. Everything will be the same."
Yesterday during the press i ve been asked if i think about myself that i m an unlucky person..well not really. I m really lucky person actually for everything i have around me. My life, my family, my friends and my TEAM and of course the tennis! Yes, for sure is not the result i wanted here but life knows what it is doing with you, always. After yesterday , i know that i have to keep working hard to get better! Now i also want to tell you that Andrei Pavel is a member of my team. It s an honor for me to have him around. I m sure that i have many things to learn from his experience and advice. Nothing changes with Darren, everything will be the same Now i know that the boys are sick of me so it s time to get lost and relax but very soon back to work! Thank you boys for being by my side every moment! @theocer @dc10s @stefansodolescu