I think she played a good match. The problem was not that. It was me. No power, no energy. Like that, it's tough to play tennis.
It’s the type of tennis that, in theory, any pro should be able to play, but it’s not nearly as easy as Petkovic made it look.
I have to say, today I was in a real zone. I didn't think at all. I was just focused on what I had to do.
You can put many excuses or whatever, but I think the key is that Simona
was at her best. My movement was not perfect; the
shots not so good.
Does any player, man or woman, move the ball from one corner to the other as freely and easily and smoothly as Halep does?
This time I was very relaxed and it was a perfect day. So now I feel good. I feel my game. I feel prepared for the next match.
I was just overwhelmed by emotion. I had no boy to kiss, so I kissed my racket.