Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu recently won her first WTA Title at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic by beating Maria Sakkari of Greece and courtesy that she broke into the Top-20 of the WTA Rankings for the first time in her career.
"I was able to take all the emotions away and keep focused, and try to take it as a normal match, not as a final," Buzarnescu said after her victory. "Even after the first set, I thought she could come back, so it was really not easy.
After leading 3-0, I thought I could really win the match." With both players playing their first ever WTA Tour Final, the Romanian took the initiative first and didn’t put her step off the pedal. "I was trying to focus on my game and not focusing on how she would react," Buzarnescu said.
"I saw that I was playing really good, making winners and getting every ball back." She is now looking forward to the US Open. "Now, I think I believe in everything. I started to believe that I could play good when I qualified for the US Open last year," she said.
"Everything's [been] better and better for me. I'll just try to focus for each tournament and each game as I did before. "Maybe people will look differently at me now, but I don't want to change anything...just think of the good moments, and play." ALSO READ 'Wife Mirka keeps Roger Federer's shoulders free' - Mats Wilander