Simona Halep was asked if she expected such a brilliant performance from Amanda Anisimova in the French Open quarter-finals. "I expected. I knew that she's going to play very well, but she played great today. All credit to her, because she made a good match, a big match.
I feel sad, because every time when I lose, I'm sad. And I'm a little bit upset because I couldn't make my game. I couldn't move normally. You know, I think she played great. I think that I have done everything I could today and this tournament, I'm happy with the result.
It's not bad at all to make quarterfinals at a Grand Slam. Coming as a defending champion, the pressure was on. But I think I had good matches, and I'm leaving this tournament with positive thoughts." Asked why she could not play her game, Halep replied: "Nerves a little bit.
Stressed because I felt that I'm playing well, and maybe my expectations for myself were big today. Maybe I couldn't handle the tension in my body so I couldn't play my best and I couldn't move at my best level."
Asked if Anisimova can win the French Open, Halep replied: "I think she has a big chance if she's playing like today without emotions and without thinking, like, about the result. She was pretty calm. She showed that she's able to do good things and big things, so I think she has a chance."
Asked how she spent the rainy Wednesday, Halep added: "For everybody, it's tough to wait, and then the match to be canceled, to go home. Around 4:00 p.m., I think we got canceled and was, like, all day on the couches.
But for everybody was the same. For me, it's a little bit tougher because I cannot adjust that much, that well in this situation. Also in Rome was the same. I take it as it is. And I cannot change the weather, so I have to take it like that, to be better in the future (smiling)."