Simona Halep comes back to compete for the first time since the Roland Garros final lost to Jelena Ostapenko in three sets. The Romanian player struggled to accept that loss, and in press conference at Eastbourne she said: 'I am relaxed, I'm ready to start again.
Still sad, but it's normal. I still have, before going to sleep, some thoughts about that final, but it's good and keeps me on my toes.' 'The very tough thought, is at a set and 3-0 that I couldn't take that game, had so many break points', she added recalling that match.
'Now I'm thinking that I should have hit that ball, the return, the second serve, and just go for it. But I didn't. So that one is killing me, actually. I think I did it well, but those returns I should have gone for it.
This is the only one regret.' First days after the loss were complicated, then she went to Greek and things were better: 'The first few days at home were tough. I didn't enjoy much. But then on the holiday I enjoyed a lot and I relaxed myself there.
I just stayed in myself, putting the thoughts in the right way. I took the positives. I had a great clay court season. Many matches won against good players. I have nothing to complain about. Just that next time if I would be in the same situation to be more brave.' Halep has once again the chance to become World No.
1 in Eastbourne. Asked if she thinks about it, the World No. 2 smiled and replied: 'Now that I'm so close, it's like it's coming more into my mind and into my soul. I really want to get there. I'm close but still far.
So I have just to take match by match and to do everything I can to be No. 1. It's going to be a big thing for me.' ALSO READ: WTA Eastbourne - Cibulkova, Gavrilova upset. Pliskova, Ostapenko through