World no. 3 Simona Halep will compete this week in Miami for the first time the Australian Open quarter-final loss to Serena Williams. After skipping Doha and Dubai, Simona is ready to get back on the court, struggling with a minor shoulder injury but feeling prepared to give her best and chase a deep run.
The Romanian reached two Miami Open semi-finals, losing those matches to Serena Williams and Karolina Pliskova and hoping for another strong campaign in the next ten days. Simona spoke about her goals during the press conference, saying she wants to win more Major titles and an Olympic medal.
On the other hand, the former world no. 1 doesn't think about her ranking position, feeling proud about her top-10 streak but not chasing the WTA throne, as she already experienced that in the past. "I think women in general struggle with a bit of pressure.
Now I feel like this period is not easy for everybody. It's tough to stay closed in the hotel, in the bubble, like every tournament. I don't believe that all the players can perform at the highest level that they can offer.
I always said that women's tennis is open, and everyone can win a tournament, both from the top-10 and outside that group. I'm not very surprised. I know that tournaments are not easy for the players for every week in this situation.
That's why all the players have a chance to win. I can say it's been amazing that I could stay so long in the top-10 without leaving it and to finish in the top-4 for so many years. It means a lot to me. I think I've done an excellent job because I stayed very focused on what I have to do.
I've been very professional with my body, as well. I took care every time I had a little problem, so thank God I didn't have significant injuries.
Simona Halep is eager to chase more Major titles and an Olympic medal.
Of course, I had some injuries because it's normal when you play almost every week.
But I took care very well of everything, and that's why I feel like I had the consistency. I base my game on feeling the ball all the time and not missing much. For me, it's easier to keep a high level at every tournament without playing a bad one.
I think the consistency stays in my game style, and that's why I could stay so focused on what I have to do. You have to perform 100% every week you play, and I did that. The ranking is not that important to me; I was world no.
1 for many weeks, and I know the feeling. My main goal is set on Majors and winning another if possible. Also, I would love to win an Olympic medal this year, and I look for those tournaments more than ranking. Winning Miami is a big challenge.
I feel good here; the weather and atmosphere are great. I won Indian Wells and reached the semi-final in Miami; I think I can play well and be competitive. I have a minor shoulder injury, but I have to dream about winning the title.
Usually, you feel tired here after playing Indian Wells. This time, there were no matches in Indian Wells, and I feel fresh and rested. I'm looking forward to my first clash and seeing how far I can go," Simona Halep said.