NEW YORK, NY, USA - This season has provided plenty of ups and downs for World No.5 Simona Halep. To coin an overused sports-writing cliché, it could even be described as a roller coaster.
Over the coming fortnight in Flushing Meadows, Halep hopes to scale the highest peak by lifting her maiden Grand Slam title. Her next obstacle comes in the shape of former Roland Garros finalist Lucie Safarova, but before then the Romanian took a break from the tennis talk to discuss a recent trip to Cincinnati's Kings Island theme park with the US Open press corps...
"[In]Cincinnati. I tried a roller coaster. First time in my life and never again!
"I felt that I'm dying. Darren [Cahill] said he was going on all the machines, and I said I'm not going to do that. But he said it was a white one, and I didn't see completely. Like I just saw the end, and the end was straight. He said, Come on. It's pretty easy. It's the lightest one.
"I said about what is that? He said, just the speed, but straight. I said, Oh, I love speed, so I can go. When I went there and that machine was going down, I felt that I'm dying. I said, Darren, never again. He was laughing when I said. It was tough, but it was nice. Good experience."
So how did Halep respond to her white-knuckle experience?
"I did nothing. I didn't say anything. I couldn't breathe. No, I didn't scream."