Simona Halep claimed a victory in her first singles match of the season, fighting past home wildcard Ajla Tomljanovic to move into the Adelaide International quarterfinals. The Romanian player wants to be at the top when the Australian Open starts on January 20th.
"I feel like I served pretty well today, seven aces, so it's good for the donation," Halep said in press conference. "And I was moving pretty well. I was strong on my legs. I could respond very well to her very hard hit balls.
It was a little bit tough that it was the first match of the year, and even if you practice weeks in a row, it's not like when you play a match. So I need a little bit of time. I need some matches and then I can feel it better.
But it was okay." "It's always good to have tough matches, because you need this at the beginning and to get used to the pressure and tension during the matches," she added. "So I'm pleased with the match from today, and I'm sure the next one is going to be tougher."
On her 2020 goals, Simona explained: "So my goal for this year is, of course, a Grand Slam, I started to like it, and my priority is the Olympics. I really want a medal. Doesn't matter which one or where, like singles, doubles, mixed. I just want one. I will do everything I can to do that."