Simona Halep responds to Eugenie Bouchard's comments at the Mutua Madrid Open.
WTA Staff

MADRID, Spain - Simona Halep has responded to Monday's comments made by Eugenie Bouchard at the Mutua Madrid Open, following a second-round win over Roberta Vinci on Tuesday.

After defeating Maria Sharapova, Bouchard said: "I was actually quite inspired before the (second-round) match because I had a lot of players coming up to me privately wishing me good luck, players I don't normally speak to, getting a lot of texts from people in the tennis world that were just rooting for me.

"So I wanted to do it for myself, but also all these people. I really felt support."

Halep, however, was not one of those players.

"I didn't wish good luck to Bouchard because we don't speak, actually," the third seed said. "She's different, I can say. I cannot judge her for being this. I cannot admire her for being this. I have nothing to say about her person."

Canadian Bouchard will face top seed Angelique Kerber in the third round while Halep will face Samantha Stosur.