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June 1, 2019

Simona Halep

Paris, France

S. HALEP/L. Tsurenko

6-2, 6-1

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. That must have been a relief to come through quite a quick match after a couple of challenging starts?
SIMONA HALEP: Well, to be honest, I expected a tough one, because always when I played against her, the second set, I was in trouble.

But she changed the plan today. She was hitting really, like, strong and wanted to finish the points fast. That's why she missed that much.

But I had in my head that I have to stay very strong, to play more aggressive, to stay closer to the baseline, which I did, and when I have the chance, to open the court.

So I think today was a better match. I played better. And I felt better on court.

Q. How much of a worry was it, the amount of times you dropped your serve in that match?
SIMONA HALEP: When I dropped my serve? In the first set, I think...

I was not worried, because it's happening often (smiling), losing my serve. I'm very confident on my return, so I didn't think something negative. I didn't have in my head something negative. I just looked forward for the next point.

Q. How much did nerves play a factor, now that you've had a few matches to get into things? Are you feeling more comfortable now?
SIMONA HALEP: Before the match, I was really nervous. I have to admit big emotions, but it's normal. I'm here again. I'm feeling good, and I have expectations for myself to play good tennis.

But after few games, I was free emotions, and I could focus on the game. I think I managed very well the atmosphere before the match and the feelings that I had, and I played a good match.

Q. We have seen former champion GarbiƱe Muguruza do her speech in French. Are you going to be doing your speech in French postmatch?
SIMONA HALEP: I hope in this life, but I don't know until I will finish tennis. I will keep working on that.

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