Simona Halep admits costly emotions during Australian Open elimination

Simona Halep says that nerves was the reason for losing in the semi-finals of the Australian Open to Dominika Cibulkova.

Simona Halep believes that her emotions cost her as she bowed out in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old, who had achieved her best result at a major by reaching the last eight at Melbourne Park, lost 6-3 6-0 to Dominika Cibulkova for a place in the last four.

"I just couldn't play today," said Halep. "I had emotions, big emotions, and I couldn't manage this. Before the match I was very nervous and I didn't feel the ball at all. I couldn't move my body and I couldn't play."

Cibulkova will now face Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals.

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova celebrates after victory in her women's singles match against Russia's Maria Sharapova on day eight of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20, 2014
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