Former world No. 1 Simona Halep revealed her views on the game have changed a bit with the age as she is now more relaxed and not putting that much pressure on herself.
“In practice I’m really good,” Halep told reporters ahead of the Melbourne Summer Set 1, per the WTA website. “I win some sets. I practice more than normal. I can stay two hours a day on the court, which was not easy in the past.
“I see the tennis different in this stage of my life, and it’s more joy, so I’m more relaxed. I don’t put pressure on myself, so I will try to keep that during the matches, which is not easy, but I’m here just to give my best chance, so we will see.”
Halep not thinking about retirement
Halep recently turned 30 and got married but she is not thinking about retirement yet.
“I thought about it being close to the end, but honestly after this pre-season and how I feel right now at the tournament, I feel like I have a few more years to play. My husband is supporting me in that direction, my family as well. My team says I’m still good enough to go there and compete, so I’m not thinking about retirement yet. I just want to enjoy and give my best because I know there is another chance,” Halep explained.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Halep was asked what motivates her to keep going.
“To see how good I can still be, to see how much I can still win. I’m motivated to just try my best every day. I still enjoy tennis and the competition. I still want more and more from myself. I have a good team, I have nice people around. This is my motivation. I don’t have one thing as a motivation, like a tournament or a result,” Halep said.