Maria Sharapova did not have easy first rounds at the US Open lately. In 2017, she faced and beat Simona Halep. Now she will have to play against the 23-time Major winner Serena Williams. "We don't talk about that", said Halep recalling her loss to the Russian.
"It's past, so we'll just live the present. It's going to be a big match, definitely. If it's on Monday, then I will watch it. Were it Tuesday, no, because I have a match." Speaking about the tournament overall, the Romanian added: "Looking at whoever has won the last few Slams or big tournaments, you think, 'Well that makes sense.'
It's a list of 25 different people, but there's never a week where you think, 'I didn't see that coming!' Instead, you think, 'That makes sense because she's really good and has been playing well.
Everyone is a favorite. Everyone is a dark horse. You never know what to expect. Everything that happens during a match here is a little bit different, and it's a lot for me. Hopefully one day I can be fully relaxed when I play a match.
The pressure of doing something special, it's off. Now what comes, comes as a bonus. I'm still working, I'm still motivated to win titles. Now I started to feel more and more that I'm capable to do that, so my confidence is very high but doesn't mean that this week I'm going to be the same.
I don't want to put expectations, like clear expectations on myself. I just want to take day by day and to see how good I can be every tournament."