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Simona's Blog: If You Could Meet Anyone?

After battling into the biggest final of her career, Simona Halep catches up with us in her latest blog. How does she stay so relaxed? Who would she meet if she could meet anyone? Read on!

Published May 10, 2014 12:15

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Hello again everyone! I hope you are all doing well :)

It was a very, very tough match with Petra today. She played really well. When she had a set and 3-1 I took my hat off - it was disturbing me a little bit - and I actually started playing better! I also changed my tactics in the second set. I wanted to play higher and open the angles more, because if you give her balls around stomach height she plays very well from there, very powerful, and very strong.

It was very hot today, and I had a headache during the third set. I needed ice on every changeover. My energy was down, too. But I was fighting for every point - I knew how to manage the conditions, I knew I just had to keep fighting for every point, and I'm so happy I was able to come back and win.

I think the best thing for me today was how I was fighting, and that I didn't stop fighting...

For me this is a very special event. I will never forget this tournament, because here is where I started to play very well last year. And now I have a chance to win the title, but we'll see what happens...

But if someone told me a year ago I would be No.5 now, and maybe even No.4 soon, I wouldn't have believed them. I wouldn't believe I would be this high after just one year. I feel great - Top 5 is really impressive for my country, because it's such a small country, and there's nothing more to say.

Right now, though, I'm really just focused on tomorrow's final. I'm very excited that I can play my biggest final. And Maria's playing so well - I just have to enjoy it and we'll see how it goes!

But first, I might do a bit more shopping today - I'm tired, but there's always time for that :)

Now it's time for a few more of your questions!

You've said you're more relaxed on court now - how did you become more relaxed? Sue, USA
It hasn't been easy for me to become more relaxed on the court, because I'm a very energetic person, but I just try to stay cool and play very relaxed because my tennis goes better if I'm relaxed.

Today I wasn't so relaxed in the first set, but after that I knew it would be better to calm down!

What famous person would you like to meet and why? Stefan
Hmmm... well, I would love to meet Gerard Butler once in this life. I really like how he looks :)

Because the final is pretty late tomorrow and I will have to get ready to leave for Rome, this will be my last blog from Madrid :( But it has been a lot of fun writing to all of you, and I really want to thank all of you for reading this week. I hope you enjoyed it too. And I will do it again soon!!

I will do my best tomorrow, and talk to you all soon :)

Simona

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