In an interview to The Guardian, the world No. 1 Simona Halep recalled the tough times she went through after losing a three-set Australian Open final to Caroline Wozniacki last year. Halep got hospitalised a few hours after the championship clash that lasted for more than three hours.
'After the final, we finished with the press around 10pm and they took me to doping control', said Halep at the Sydney International, where she starts her new season. 'At 2am I left because I couldn’t [produce a urine sample] as I was dehydrated.
They took my blood. At the hotel I started shaking and they got me to hospital. My mother was worried and said if she was in my place she would stop and just enjoy life. It was really bad for three months. I was exhausted and couldn’t recover totally.
But I am proud I played at my limit.' Now Halep wants to achieve new goals in the future: 'Of course, I’m not like some players who won 10 or even 20 grand slams. But coming from Constanta [her home city], from nowhere, and becoming the best, is pretty huge for a Romanian, and for me as a person.
Now I would love to be better in Fed Cup, to dream of the title, and the Olympics in 2020. I also want to win a grand slam again, to finish No 1 again. But I won’t put pressure on myself. I will have a few more years of tennis and then I want to improve in other ways.
In 10 years I would love to have three kids, a beautiful family and be out of tennis – knowing I gave it everything.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title