Simona Halep lost to Madison Keys in the third round in Cincinnati on Thursday. The Romanian player said: "Achilles is fine. I didn't have pain. My legs were very tired. By body was tired. She played unbelievable and was very powerful on the court.
Still, I say that I didn't play my best but I played much better than yesterday and I moved better. It was a good step forward, so I'm going to keep working. I knew that she's going fast for all the balls and with power.
I knew that this is her game and I expected a very tough start. But I didn't have the rhythm at the beginning, and then I fought and I got it but not enough to win the match." What was the difference in the end? "I got tired more, I think than her.
She could hit stronger than me at the end. And that's why, in my opinion, she won. She was better today." Halep has no plans to rest as she only wants to train: "I don't want days off anymore. I will try to recover with my body and then I keep working.
I don't know when I go to New York. It's too fast." Keys said: "I think I played really smart tonight. Obviously, I played a really good first set, and I don't think she played her best tennis in the first.
I think the third set we both played a pretty high level of tennis. I think it was the first time in a long time that I just played a little bit more within myself and didn't try to do too much too soon."