LONDON, Great Britain - Simona Halep dismissed any suggestion that the specter of a heated Fed Cup tie loomed large over her forthcoming Wimbledon quarterfinal against Johanna Konta.
When Romania took on Great Britain in April, their captain Ilie Nastase was banned on the Saturday for swearing at the British No.1, team captain Anne Keothavong, and the umpire.
The day after that, Halep beat Konta in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.
The Romanian has a chance to move up to World No.1 this week - and she refuses to entertain the idea that any memories from April will cloud her quarterfinal with Konta.
"In Fed Cup, I didn't have [an] emotional match with her," she said to reporters. "[It] was not with me, the problem. I don't expect emotional - I expect battle. It's going to be like a good fight for both of us, and a big challenge for us."
This will be the first time the pair have met on grass - but both are already very familiar with the other's game.
Konta had plenty of praise for Halep, saying: "She's very much in form. She's playing very, very well. I'm looking forward to playing her because, again, she'll definitely challenge me. I'm really looking forward to playing someone who's playing such great tennis."
Halep sees a similar challenge in front of her.
"She's a good player. She's playing well here. If she's in quarterfinals, it means she feels the court.
"I'm here just to give my best. I know that it's going to be very difficult match, like everyone. But I believe that I have a chance. I'm ready for it."
She also shrugged off the idea that she is one match from the No.1 ranking - preferring to focus on her potential progress through the tournament.
"I want to win more, not just one match - so I'm not thinking about that," she explained.
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