Simona Halep mentioned she had discovered internal calm throughout tennis’s coronavius shutdown and that she had returned to the courts with additional maturity and perspective on the sport.
Halep received the Dubai title earlier than the WTA Tour’s suspension in March and lifted the Prague crown on its resumption, earlier than claiming one other crown in Rome on Monday to emerge because the entrance runner for the French Open Grand Slam, which begins on Sunday.
“The pandemic got me in a place that I really dreamed to be,” the world no. two advised the WTA Insider Podcast.
“I’m more mature, more relaxed because I could see that the most difficult things are in life in general, not in sport. So being able to do this as good as I do in the last seven years, it’s a big thing.”
Halep, 28, mentioned her first Rome title, which she received when Karolina Pliskova retired because of harm, was the end result of a dream she had since 2013, although she was a a lot totally different particular person now.
“Back then I was fighting with everyone, with myself, the opponent, the ball, the racquet, the weather, the crowd, the team… so I have many on the list,” the Romanian added.
“Now I tell myself I’m much better in that direction … I have to fight with the opponent because I face an opponent.”
And whereas many have her because the favorite for a second title at Roland Garros after her 2018 triumph, Halep mentioned she would take it one match at a time.
“If people think I’m a favourite, I’m not thinking about that because every match it’s a battle and everyone wants to get it so badly,” she added. “So I’m focusing on my game like I did here, like I did in Prague. I’m not stressing about results.”