Yesterday after the match against Maria Sharapova, Eugenie Bouchard said many players wished her luck, players she has never talked with so much. Among that big group of players, there wasn't Simona Halep, who in press conference at Madrid after her second round match won over Roberta Vinci in the third set tie-break, said: 'I didn't wish good luck to Bouchard because we don't speak, actually.
She's different, I can say. I cannot judge her for being this. I cannot admire her for being this. I have nothing to say about her person. And about Maria Sharapova, she's back. I'm not thinking that much, because many players are difficult in this level of tennis, the highest level of tennis.
For me it's the same if Maria is here, if Maria is not here. I don't feel extra motivated. I didn't meet her yet. But it's the same for me.' Halep also analyzed her win over Vinci, who was up 5-2 in the third set: 'Her game is not easy to play.
Her slices are very difficult to return. She was hitting pretty strong also with the forehand today, serve, everything. She played unbelievable. Yeah, I was close to lose the match. But I stayed strong. I stayed focused. I didn't give up.
That makes this match much more like bigger for me. It means a lot.' ALSO READ: WTA MADRID - Simona Halep beats Roberta Vinci in the third set tie-break!