Halep: 'We don't talk about my loss to Maria Sharapova. It's the past'

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Halep: 'We don't talk about my loss to Maria Sharapova. It's the past'

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."