Simona Halep recently spoke about her success mantra. She said, "People do not understand that you cannot feel the rocket, the movement of a ball, when it comes to you, or your legs the same, every day and always at the highest level!
As the years have gone by, my workouts are on autopilot and can take up to three hours. That's how you get better and better. Every time I miss a shot, I love to try at least 100 - 200 times the same shot until it comes out perfect.
Everything turns out to be an unseen connection between me and the ball. I have to consider the ball a part of me. I clear my mind during workouts. That's why I have to be there as long as possible. I have to be able to close my eyes and hit perfectly!" Halep won her first title of the 2020 season at the Dubai Tennis Championships, in February.
She defeated Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina in the final. She is currently ranked second in the world, behind Australian Ashleigh Barty. This week, Barty lost in the semi-final of the Qatar Total Open to Petra Kvitova. Kvitova was the eventual finalist in the event, as Aryna Sabalenka won the Premier 5 title (the second of her career) in the country capital, Doha.
Halep, who is not playing in Lyon or Monterrey this week, will not be able to regain the no. 1 ranking from Barty at least until after the Miami Open. Karolina Pliskova, who lost early in Doha, remained steady as the world no. 3 this week.