Romanian tennis player Simona Halep says she feels strong and has hopes of a major breakthrough in Flushing Meadows, after a busy, trying summer, the athlete told WTA in an interview in New York. Halep will play her third US Open as a Top 5 seed.
Halep says she feels strong both physically and mentally and that she feels comfortable with the way she plays. The Romanian tennis player won 13 straight matches from Wimbledon to Cincinnati and won two titles in Bucharest and Montreal. "I can say that I didn't expect to win Montréal and play semifinals again here. They were two good weeks for me. I'm happy. I worked hard in the gym before coming here, so I had about four good weeks," Halep said.
According to the WTA website, the Romanian tennis player has gotten better in the court since the beginning of 2016 and the publication attributes her progress to Darren Cahill, her coach, and his training methods. "I have more confidence in myself. He gives me this. I think the tactics I play are better now with him. He gives me good advice about opponents and about what I have to play when I play with different styles of game," Halep agreed.
The Romanian former World No.2 won against very big names such as Karolina Pliskova, Madison Keys, and Svetlana Kuznetsova and craftier players like Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska, but says she gets her biggest inspiration from Serena Williams, the one woman she hasn't won against this season.