Relaxed Halep has new-found love for grass
Former world number one Simona Halep says she is “relaxed, happy and motivated” as she eyes a first Wimbledon title.
Simona Halep says she has a new-found love for grass after beating Zhang Shuai to move into the semi-finals at Wimbledon.
Halep sealed her place in the last four for only the second time at the All England Club with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 victory on Tuesday.
Elina Svitolina stands in the way of the 2018 French Open champion and a first final at SW19.
Seventh seed Halep revealed she feels much more at home on a surface on which she has struggled in the past.
Asked what she had learned from a last-four defeat to Eugenie Bouchard five years ago, the former world number one said: “I’m a different person. Everything changed.
“I have a lot of experience now. I’m more confident. I love grass. It’s the first time I have said that.
“I think it’s a big challenge for me, the next match. But I will take it like I took every match since I’m here. I’m relaxed. I’m happy. I’m motivated to win.”
Grass, I think I love you
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) July 9, 2019
Quizzed about her love of the surface, she said: “I started to feel more comfortable on the court. I didn’t slide at all this tournament. Hopefully, I will be the same in the next match.
“It’s a little bit dangerous when you play on grass because the feet are not really as stable as you are on a hard court or clay court. That’s why I prefer those surfaces.
“But now I started to feel it, to have it in my hands, to have it in my legs, and also in my mind, which is very important.”