Simona Halep fought her way to the third round of the Australian Open, after it looked like she was down and out losing 5-2 in the deciding set.
Halep narrowly defeated Australian hopeful Ajla Tomljanovic, finishing strong by winning five games in a row in the last set to claim the victory.
It was feared that she would join fellow WTA stars and former Grand Slam champions Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams and Bianca Andreescu who all made early exits from the competition today.
It wasn’t easy for the world number two though, who seemed to struggle through the match, making a series of errors and could be seen talking to herself to regain her focus.
Afterwards she admitted to feeling nervous about the tie and said it wasn’t until she talked to herself that she loosened up and found her form.
“That’s why I was talking non-stop, and I was talking negative” said Halep.
“I talked to my team after the match, and they told me that I should have played like I did those games, because my arms were more relaxed and the ball was going a little bit deeper.
“I didn’t realize that but, you know, it’s good that I ended like that and I got the confidence that I still can win these tough matches.”
“I was not that positive when I was talking to myself, I didn’t talk about the score, I was just blaming myself, that I’m not strong enough to play against her.
“But in the end, mentally I think I was a little bit stronger, I had the desire to win the match, and I didn’t want to give up.
“It was an amazing match. She played unbelievable. But I fought till the end. I never gave up, and that’s why maybe I could win in the end.
“Honestly I’m really happy and proud of what I did today on court, for the fight.”
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