Doha: Simona Halep is locked in a fierce with her Australian Open conqueror Caroline Wozniacki at the top of the WTA rankings, with all others playing catch up, but the World No.2 said everyone in the top 10 is capable of winning tournaments and pushing towards the top.
“I see a larger competition,” said Halep on the eve of her opening match at Qatar Total Open. “Everyone from the top 10 is able to win any tournament and any match. So I'm just ready to face anyone, and I'm just focusing on myself because if you pay attention on yourself, it's much better. You don't get distracted by anything. Just doing your job on court.”
The 26-year-old, who showed her fighting abilities in abundance at the Australian Open, especially in the final when she held on and put Wozniacki under pressure despite injuring her foot, has not played a competitive match after that.
Halep, who take on Ekaterina Makarova in the second round on Wednesday, said she hoped her foot would be ok.
“I had a big break after Australia. I stayed about two weeks. I did nothing, because I was really injured with my foot. And I had some treatment. The foot is okay now, but I have just to play official match to see if it stays like that. I really hope that nothing will come back and I will be able to play.”
“I have to be very sure that the foot is okay and I can push. I'm ready because I practised a few days. I practised today. I will practice again today here. So I feel that I'm ready to play, but tomorrow I will see exactly how it is.
The Romanian said besides having a good time on the court, she was planning to enjoy her stay in Doha and do some shopping.
“It's a nice city. The weather is perfect this period, and also the people are very nice with me. So I enjoy the time here,” said Halep.