Simona Halep: 'I never played against someone hitting that strong like Kvitova today'

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Simona Halep: 'I never played against someone hitting that strong like Kvitova today'

Simona Halep was literally dominated by Petra Kvitova today. The Czech player hit 34 winners during 67 minutes, winning 6/1 6/2. Halep could not do anything but give credit to her opponent, although she admitted that did not play well: 'I tried to change, not to give her that much power, because she likes the power', said Halep. 'But I missed a lot.

She hit the ball stronger and she didn't miss that much. I think I played a little bit too far back to the court. I think she had time to do everything she wanted.' Asked if she remembers the last time that felt like this on the court, Halep admitted: 'Not really, not really.

I didn't play with someone hitting that strong. Even with Serena, was slower, the ball was coming slower. So, yeah, was the first match.' Kvitova is obviously satisfied: 'I really felt good on the court.

I was not really thinking how well I'm playing or how, like, the game is. I was really just focusing on the next point. I didn't really realize what's happening on the court that much. I got to really push her a lot, that I was really playing aggressive, even from backhand.

I was really going for that.' Analyzing tomorrow's final against Dominika Cibulkova that beat Kuznetsova, Kvitova said: 'It's long time I play Domi. I think from the time she improved her game, for sure.

I think she's trying to attack it more, especially from the forehand. I should take the positive from all matches I played here and just try to do the same as I did all week here because was kind of good. Physically, I'm feeling, I don't know, so-so.

During the day I was really sleepy. I was sleeping after breakfast, as well. I was like in the bed all day. But then when I coming, like, on the court and have the warmup on the court, just trying to feel better. I just didn't really think about the tiredness anymore.

So I hope this will be the same tomorrow.'
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