Simona Halep heads for Shenzhen Open, hopes for an ‘even better 2015’


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Romanian world No 3 Simona Halep said on Monday, before leaving for Shenzhen Open in China, that she wishes 2015 to be “as good as 2014 or even better”.

“I was having a good time at home (…) but now I have to end my vacation and start a new season. I have been training hard, every day. I feel I am ready to start new tournaments. I hope the upcoming year will be as good as 2004 or even better,” Halep said on Monday at the airport, before leaving for China where she will play at Shenzhen Open due on January 4-10. “It is not easy to play in China, but I think it will be a good tour, as there will certainly be a good organization. I hope I will fit it quickly and to be on my game. There a lot of Romanian tennis players at this competition and this is all right, as you feel like home when there are more Romanians playing,” Halep also stated.

Five Romanian tennis players will take part in the Shenzhen Open, which is granting prizes worth USD 500,000: Simona Halep, Monica Niculescu, Irina Begu, Alexandra Dulgheru and Sorana Cîrstea.

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