Halep has featured in the doubles category at the Australian Open on five occasions. However, on every attempt, she has failed to go beyond the first round. The Romanian was paired with Australia's Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz this year, but fell to Arina Rodionova and Storm Sanders in the first round.
A total of seven Romanian women will participate in the doubles category at the Australian Open. Ruse took to Twitter to reveal her joy at the opportunity to play alongside her idol Simona Halep.
"An absolute privilege to play doubles with my idol," tweeted Ruse.
Halep has won just one doubles title in her career. Currently ranked World No. 295 in the doubles category, she maintains a 67-68 win-loss record on the WTA tour.
Simona Halep is yet to win the Australian Open
Despite tasting success at the French Open and Wimbledon in the last few years, Simona Halep doesn't have a great record at the Australian Open. The closest she came to conquering Melbourne was in 2018, when she finished runner-up to Caroline Wozniacki.
Halep missed the French Open, Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics this year due to a calf injury. She made a return at the National Bank Open, losing in straight sets to Danielle Collins and has since suffered early exits at Cincinnati and Indian Wells.
Halep's injuries and poor form have seen her drop out of the top 10 in the WTA rankings.
Currently ranked World No. 20, Simona Halep will be hoping to recover her form and challenge for her third Grand Slam title in Melbourne next month.
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