Romanian tennis star and two-time Grand Slam champion, Simona Halep has identified the positive side of the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
Halep said she had found inner calm during the shutdown and returned to the courts with more maturity and perspective on the game.
She won the Dubai title before the WTA Tour’s suspension in March and lifted the Prague crown on its resumption, before claiming another crown in Rome on Monday to emerge as the frontrunner for the French Open Grand Slam, which got underway Sunday.
“The pandemic got me in a place that I really dreamt to be,” she said. “I’m more mature and relaxed because I rolina Pliskova retired due to injury, was the culmination of a dream she had since 2013, though she’s a much different person now.
“Back then, I was fighting with everyone, myself, opponent, ball, racquet, weather, crowd, team and among others. So, I have many on the list,” the Romanian added.
“Now, I tell myself I’m much better in that direction. I have to fight with the opponent because I face an opponent.”
“If people think I’m a favourite, I’m not thinking about that because every match it’s a battle and everyone wants to get it so badly,” she added.
“So, I’m focusing on my game like I did here and in Prague. I’m not stressing about results.”