(August 31, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Coming into 2013 Romania’s Simona Halep had no WTA titles. Now she has four including last week’s US Open warm-up event – the New Haven Open.
Saturday at the US Open, Halep continued her career year with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Russia’s Maria Kirilenko to earn a berth in the US Open fourth round.
“It was the best match ever for me,” said the 21-year-old Halep. “I played incredible today. No mistakes. Before the match I wanted to be more aggressive on court, and I did very well.
“She is a great player, top player. I just wanted to enjoy the match and to try my best.”
Outside of Illie Nastase and Virginia Ruzici, Romania is not known for tennis but Halep and Sorana Cirstea are both in the top 25 carrying the torch for Romania.
“Yeah, we have a small country, but we are a lot of girls in top 100 now,” Halep said. “We had also good players. Ilie Nastase was the best. Virginia Ruzici, she won a Grand Slam.
“We are just fighting girls, I think, and we like to work every day. We have power for win a lot of matches. So I don’t speak personal very much with Tiriac and Nastase, but I like them. I appreciate them because they were very special players on court.”
“Next round will be tough because I play against Pennetta,” Halep said. “It’s tough match. I played against her in Bastad this year. I was a little bit injured there, but I played good. It’s good challenge for me. I hope that I will play good next round.”