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June 24, 2014

Simona Halep


S. HALEP/T. Pereira
6/2, 6/2

THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

Q.  A bit cold out there, otherwise is that the perfect start?
SIMONA HALEP:  Yeah, it was a perfect start for match.  First round always it's difficult, but today I played really well.  The court was beautiful, so I was enjoying every moment.
Yeah, it's not easy to start the tournament, but I'm happy that I did and I did very well.

Q.  How is the shoulder?
SIMONA HALEP:  I didn't have problems with shoulder.  I had back here.  (Pointing to scapula area.)  The muscle was contracted.  Now I recovered very well and I can play.

Q.  The draw seems a little kinder this year than previous years.  Is that a chance to set record straight at Wimbledon?
SIMONA HALEP:  It's tough to say now because, yeah, I have better draw because I'm seeded now and it's normal.
Next round I play against Tsurenko.  She's a good player.  I played against her last year.  It was difficult match.
So I'm very focused.  I want to give everything I can on court and to try to play my best.  I want to play many matches here, but it's not easy.  I want to take match by match.

Q.  Does it feel different being seeded here, particularly so high this year compared to previous years?
SIMONA HALEP:  Yeah, it is.  I feel a little pressure.  It's normal.  But I want just to get it and to keep in my mind only and to think about what I have to do on court.
It's not easy to be seeded, but it's also nice to be there.

Q.  Do you have a goal or expectation from the next couple of weeks?
SIMONA HALEP:  Of course.  Every day I have a goal.  I want to win every match and every tournament, but it's not easy.  I will try to give everything on court and to do my best always.
Otherwise, I cannot stay and don't think about the goal.  I have a goal every day, and I want to fight for it.

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