Simona Halep is ready to open her Melbourne campaign. The Romanian player became world No. 1 for the first time in October, and in press conference on Saturday she said the ranking doesn't change a lot her mindset: 'I don't feel pressure. I feel okay. I feel fit. I feel ready to start. Every time is tough every match of a Grand Slam. Nothing changes that I'm No. 1 or No. 2 or No. 3. I'm just looking forward to start the tournament and to give the best. I am more relaxed. I'm enjoying more the time on court. I just sometimes try to change something in my game, to adjust, to improve. So my focus is on other stuff now than the ranking or to win the match. I have one more goal: to win a Grand Slam. If it's going to happen in one day... But now I'm focusing on my game. I really want to get better and to improve in what I had less good.'
How good does it feel to come in here off a title in Shenzhen? 'I came in the same situation in 2015, so I played quarterfinals, good memories. Hopefully I can do that again. But every match is going to be tough. The first round always is the toughest. I'm just focusing on that, then we'll see.'
Halep finally commented on her situation about the clothing sponsor. She didn't reach any agreement yet: 'It's an interesting period, to be honest (smiling)', Halep said. 'For the moment, are many brands, so I don't know which one is going to be. For sure is going to be one. But we will see in the future. I really want to have something nice, to have nice feeling with the future brand that I will wear.'
The 26-year-old also added she is going to stick to the red dress she wore in Shenzhen. 'How does it work? If you don't have a clothing supplier, do you go to the shop?', the journalist asked. 'I ordered. How do you call the ladies that are making the clothes?'
'Seamstress'. 'Yeah, I sent a picture', Halep revealed. 'Was a site, in China actually, and one of my managers helped me, and in 24 hours I had the outfit, and were perfect (smiling). I was lucky. I [found them] on Internet. Everything is on Internet now (smiling).'