Pressure? What pressure? I just play: Halep
By Greg Stutchbury
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number three Simona Halep does find it difficult to walk around her home town these days without being asked for a photo, but she shrugged off any expectations or feelings of additional pressure ahead of the Australian Open.
After a superlative 2013 when she won six titles and jumped 36 placings in the rankings to 11th, the 23-year-old cracked the big time in women's tennis in 2014.
She made her first grand slam quarter-final at Melbourne Park before losing to Maria Sharapova in the Roland Garros final.
Halep also made the Wimbledon semi-finals and finished the year losing to Serena Williams in the WTA Finals in Singapore and ranked third.
"Sometimes when I go in the city, it's tough, because everyone is coming to ask for a picture," Halep told reporters on Saturday. "(But) I'm not surprised that I had big results last year because two years ago I just started to win some titles.
"I had more experience than before. I was improving a lot in my game. I'm much stronger now than before. My game is complete now (and) I believe in my game.
"I can say now I feel no pressure. I have just to play my game and to see how ... many matches I can win.
"I have no pressure." Continued...