“I expected. I knew that she's going to play very well, but she played great today. All credit to her, because she made a good match, a big match,” continued Halep, disappointed from her side of the net that tension restricted her game.
“Nerves a little bit. Stressed because I felt that I'm playing well, and maybe my expectations for myself were big today. Maybe I couldn't handle the tension in my body so I couldn't play my best and I couldn't move at my best level.”
The 2018 champion, who also made finals here in 2014 and 2017, insists her positive outlook could fuel a successful stint on the grass courts.
“Yeah, I think it will help me for the future tournaments. I'm not negative now. I'm not very disappointed. It's normal to be a little bit disappointed after a loss, but I feel okay, and I'm looking forward to a new day tomorrow. Actually, a few days off first,” said Halep with a smirk.
Over at the luscious lawns of Wimbledon Halep has previously reached the semi-finals (2014) and two other quarter-finals.
“You know, it's already, I don't know, maybe seventh year when I do these things coming from clay to grass court. I got used to it," she added. "For everybody is the same. I will not do something special. I will just keep my routine, and I will try to get ready as much as possible for Wimbledon. Hopefully I can make a good result. But no, no pressure. This year is a ‘chill’ year for me.”