The Romanian has twice been to the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park but never beyond.
A shock loss in Shenzhen during the build-up to this year's tournament suggests she may struggle to improve that record too.
Still, it won't be for the lack of trying and the baseliner, who has regularly changed coaches in recent years, is now with highly-respected Australian Darren Cahill, who previously worked with Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi. Crowd support could therefore be easy to come by Down Under.
Halep's results improved in the second half of 2016 as the pair's relationship bloomed, suggesting a maiden Slam title could be just around the corner. However, for that to happen Halep will need to ditch a reputation for faltering in matches of the highest importance.