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Simona's Blog: Hello, Madrid

Where did Simona Halep go after Stuttgart? Why is the Mutua Madrid Open such a special tournament for her? All that and more in the World No.5's blog, right here.

Published May 02, 2014 12:15

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to my first WTA Blog :)

I arrived in Madrid on Thursday morning. After Stuttgart I went back home to Bucharest for a few days, because I felt a little bit of pain with my injury - I injured my right ankle before Fed Cup - and I wanted to have it checked. But now I'm here, I'm feeling good, and I'm ready to start this tournament!

Speaking of Fed Cup, it was amazing because we won, but for me it wasn't great because of the injury. I couldn't prepare very well for it. The rain also made it very difficult - I had to play two matches on the Sunday, and against Ivanovic I was tired, but Sorana played very well there and beat them :)

Many people came out to support us in Bucharest, even though it was Easter. It was amazing. And it was an amazing atmosphere. When they were singing our national anthem it was very impressive.

Let me tell a little bit about what I've done today, my first full day here in Madrid. I did some running for about 20 or 30 minutes after I woke up, then I went for breakfast, then I had a practice session for about an hour and a half with Pavlyuchenkova - we played points. Then I had lunch and came here for the WTA's All Access Hour! I also helped at the draw. Before I went to the draw I said it would be good to play a qualifier first round, so I would get a Sunday start, and it happened, so I'm happy!

This tournament means a lot to me. Mr. Tiriac gave me a wildcard here every time I needed it, and last year I started to play really well here, seeing that I can play a higher level. My goal here this year is to win a few matches and enjoy this one, because I feel good here, and the courts are very nice.

I'll be practicing on the stadium court here today too. I think I have a chance to play there this year, and I'd like to prepare for that as much as I can. I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays.

Thank you all for reading my blog! Don't forget to send me your questions...

Have a good night :)

Simona

Simona Halep

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