Beating Sloane Stephens by 6-2 6-1, Simona Halep got closer and closer to Karolina Pliskova in the Rankings as at the moment there is only a five point difference between them. By winning the final against Garbine Muguruza, the Romanian would overcome Pliskova.
'I'm more relaxed now. So I'm not thinking about that', Halep said. 'Roger is 5 points away from No. 2 Murray? I am not the only one then (smiling). I know that if I keep this level, is gonna come.
If not tomorrow, maybe next weeks. But I'm much better now. Hopefully I can play better. I saw on Twitter, actually, someone tweeted that I have to go to play 60K, a tournament, just to take 8 points and then to withdraw. This was funny (smiling).
Everyone can get to No. 1 now. The ranking is close. So depends of anyone. But I am so close. I really want that. So we will see.' Analyzing her match against Stephens, Halep added: 'I played my best, I think, match on hard court so far.
I felt great on court. Now I feel better, actually. I think the match from yesterday gave me a lot of confidence, and since yesterday I started to feel the game, to feel that I can hit the ball. So today was much better. I moved very well today.
I just feel good. That's why maybe I can play. I have no pressure.' For Halep making this achievement was something unthinkable only a few years ago: 'I could not wish No. 1 in the world when I started playing professional, because I was too far.
So when I got to Top 10, I said that I can be there. But still, when Serena was playing, I didn't think too much about that. My first goal was a Grand Slam title, and it's still the first goal. But now being very close, it's maybe the most important thing in this period, the last three months, let's say.
I don't know. I think it's something special to get No. 1 in the world. Only 23 players got that, if I remember well. So it's going to be special. Yeah, just that. Don't have to talk anymore (smiling). It's fine. I am far to get it.' .