Simona Halep is visibly happy in her press conference after reaching her maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open, where she will meet Andrea Petkovic. "I felt very well on court. It really was a perfect day for me" tells Simona to the journalists in her nice and slightly funny English, which she is working on, to get better and better, reading Harry Potter.
"My tactic against Svetlana today was to play fast, very close to the ball and just open up the angles. She is more defensive than I am, so I had to come up with a good game plan" continues Halep, one of the few players who still manages to play tennis with her head, planning the matches, adapting her game to the opponent in order to enhance her chances".
A talent the Romanian, that is for sure. The way Simona hits the ball, making it look like there is no effort behind her shot making, is very unique in the WTA tour. Halep is the highest seed left in the draw, does that make her nervous? "I am much more relaxed now, but yes, definitively before I would feel the pressure and the tension, not managing to play my best tennis". As soon as you say Halep however, people get reminded of the operation that changed her life and changed her career.
Simona went through a breast surgery, to reduce the dimension of her prosperous breasts, which didn't allow the Romanian with the mobility she needed to become one of the best tennis players in the Tennis World. A career-enhancing surgery, but Simona really is tired of talking about that.
"I don't want to speak about this one" she tells kindly to an indiscreet journalist in Paris "it was a long time ago and it's something very personal. So, I'm sorry but I won't talk about it anymore.
If you want to ask me about tennis I can speak with pleasure, but that problem I had, that is my personal thing".