After going down 5-4 in the third, I just sort of told myself, "Okay, listen, you have to play aggressive. You have to go for your shots, and nobody's going to give you the quarterfinals just because you're nice, so go gain it"
I’m really happy I’m in quarterfinals for the first time in my life here
because I love Paris....I have a lot of confidence in myself. Day by day
I play better.
All the points were very tough. I just tried to be focused.
I could have lost first round; that would have been real bad, right?
The WTA should investigate Halep for anti-American activities. It was
painful to watch how she kept hitting the ball away from Stephens, to
prevent the American from hitting clean shots. She also quite obviously
used excessive spin to confuse the American player and intentionally
returned balls that Stephens thought would be winners. On repeated
occasions she chased down drop shots that should have been winners. It
is also deeply disturbing that the line judges joined in this xenophobic
attitude, calling out Stephens' shots that had landed barely several
feet outside the lines. To add insult to injury, the umpire awarded the
match to Halep 6-4 6-3, without regard for artistic expression and self-professed big tournament experience by Stephens.
From a comment on Tennis.com
I wanted her...to run a lot on court, and I think I played aggressive, and I dominated the match, I think.
I didn't feel like dancing. But people were coming just to see the
dance. They were like, "Andrea, dance, dance." Then I sort of did it to
don't disappoint the people.