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June 2, 2014

Simona Halep


S. HALEP/S. Stephens
6‑4, 6‑3

THE MODERATOR:  Questions in English, please.

Q.  There are a few players left in this tournament who are the only players from their own country in the tournament.  How do you feel about representing Romania in this tournament?
SIMONA HALEP:  I feel good that I can represent Romania in quarterfinals in this tournament, so it's amazing feeling.
I hope that next round I will try my best again, I will do my best again, to win the match to be in the semifinals.
But I have to be very focused to fight for the match and to be happy, because it's first time quarterfinals in Paris.

Q.  She's a tough opponent.  You lost to her a couple of times.  Tell me about the match today and what you felt like you did better than in the past.
SIMONA HALEP:  Yeah, she beat me in Australia on hard, but I remember that I beat her in Barcelona on clay court a long time ago.  But was good for me because I knew how to play on clay.  She's better I think on hard court.  I'm better on clay.  So I had advantage.
I think I managed very well the match.  I opened the angles.  I wanted to do her ‑‑to run a lot on court.  I think I played aggressive.  I dominated the match, I think.
I didn't serve very well, but I tried to return better, and I did.
So it was a very tough match.  She's a great player.  We both, I think we played good tennis today.

Q.  You have won a lot of matches in the last year.  Talk about how that process has helped you at these bigger tournaments.  You won a lot of smaller tournaments, a lot of matches all over the place.
SIMONA HALEP:  Yeah, I had a lot of matches.  I didn't play just small tournaments.  Because I played also Doha, and I won quarterfinals in Australia, and Madrid also I did finals.
I have more confidence in me now, and I try to do my best at Grand Slam also.  I'm in quarterfinals second time this year.  I'm happy, and I feel prepared to go more far.

Q.  You say you love clay.  Why is it?  Is it because it's more tactical than the other surfaces?
SIMONA HALEP:  Yeah, you have more time to think about the point, to run.  You have to run a lot.
But I love to play on clay, but I don't think that it's my best surface because also on the hard court I played really well, and I like to finish the point very fast.
So hard court is also good for me.  I played really well everywhere.  So I have to try on grass court more, because I didn't play very well last year.
Yeah, I feel good on clay, and I think that my game, it's also good for clay court.

Q.  What prompted you to take off the visor?

Q.  What prompted that?
SIMONA HALEP:  I don't know.  Just natural.  Because maybe it disturbed me at that moment, and I wanted to continue without it.

Q.  You and Sloane were ranked pretty close together, but you have made a jump up since then.  What advice would you give to her?
SIMONA HALEP:  What advice I want?

Q.  What advice would you give to Sloane for her career?
SIMONA HALEP:  She's very tough player.  She's a great player.  I believe that she will be in top very soon.
She's very strong.  Her game, her ball, it's very heavy when you play.
So I had to fight today and to run a lot during the points.  So she's very great player, and I wish her good luck and keep going like this, because she's very tough player.

Q.  Do you feel ready to win this tournament?
SIMONA HALEP:  I'm still so far because I have to play quarterfinals only, so will be very tough match next round.
I believe in my chance, but I don't think too far.  So I stay focused for my quarterfinals first.

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