In a press conference at the Qatar Open in Doha Simona Halep was asked if there was a secret that made players from Eastern Europe, like her, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic (to give a couple of examples) so strong.
"I don't know if it's a secret. I think we work hard and we really believe in our chances, in our game, in everything we do to be champions. I also congratulate Tsitsipas because he's playing great. About Nole, I cannot say; the words are not enough.
Yeah, I'm happy because we all go through these tournaments and win, being No. 1. Tsitsipas maybe one day will be, so I wish him good luck," said the world No. 3. Asked to talk about her chances this week in Doha, Halep added: "It's tough to say.
I come from indoor courts, so it's gonna be a little bit difficult today. But I will try to practice. I will try to get used to the court, to the balls. I don't want to have expectations, because it's a tough tournament.
Every match is difficult. So I will take match by match, and I will see how it's going to go." Halep also admitted that she thought performing well in Fed Cup could help her mentally in the next tournaments: "When I started this year, I said that it's the main goal to play really well in Fed Cup and to make a big result, and I keep that.
I really wish we can win the next tie. It's gonna be huge for us, for our country, and I really have that desire to lift that trophy. It's amazing."