Simona Halep defeated Bianca Andreescu in three sets to open her run at the Shenzhen's WTA Finals on a winning note. The Romanian player said: "It's been a great match both sides, in my opinion. She did great this year.
Winning so many tournaments gave her a lot of confidence. I expected a very tough match. I'm really proud actually that I could fight in this way because I have a month that I didn't really practice with my back, with the injury.
But looks like I'm still there. Today it was a challenge because she's 10 years younger than me. It was a good fight. I'm happy about my victory. Honestly I believed before the match that I have a chance, even if I had the long break.
I know if my legs are strong on court, I can do anything. I felt great the last four days here. Actually, I'm happy that Darren is back. He gave me a little bit of power also. In the second set, even if she was leading, I had a thought that I'm stronger mentally.
We had some long rallies, and I won those balls. Then I just didn't think about the result. I've been focused on myself. I just had in my head what I have to play against her to be good. I did it. It was a really good match."
Halep concluded: "I heard in my country that I'm a little bit too old. That's why it was a little bit of pressure on that direction. But I'm happy and proud now that I saw even if the young players are coming and they are strong winning already at 19 a Grand Slam, I'm still there and I can fight. So help me a lot this victory. I'm not old at all, I know (smiling)."