Romanian tennis player Simona Halep revealed that she stepped up a gear before the third set against Serbian Jelena Jankovic, in order to fulfill her dream to make it to top 10. Halep knocked out Jelena Jankovic and moved into her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open.
"I was a little bit tired after the first set. I don't know why, but my energy level was very low. After that, at 5-2, I said to myself that I shall lose the set and try to come back for the third one. I said that I have nothing to lose. It's my chance to fight for every point and for the match, for my dream. I did it really well, I was very aggressive in the third set and I hit the ball," Halep said after the game, according to information posted on the website of the Australian Open tournament.
The Romanian tennis player, currently No. 11 in the WTA, has said recently in an interview with the Australian newspaper "Sydney Morning Herald" that her dream is to be in top 10, and for this this to happen, she must beat the world's best tennis players.
In the quarterfinals, Simona Halep will play against Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, who won their last contest in two tight sets on hard courts at Indian Wells last year. But, things have changed and Simona Halep won six tournaments in 2013 and reached the year-end No. 11 ranking.
The 22-year-old tennis player said that after overcoming Polish Agnieszka Radwanska in Rome last May, she knew that she could go toe-to-toe with anyone.AGERPRES