France, Paris-After being swept 6-1 6-2 by Polish star Swatek in the fourth round of the French Open, the world's second Halep also praised the performance of the 19-year-old.
Swatek scored 30 winning points in 15 innings and made a total of 14 break opportunities, and his serve did not encounter any break point test. She not only won the first TOP10 victory of her career, but also reached the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam for the first time.
"She won entirely on her own outstanding performance. She played incredible today, with her moving range covering the entire court, and every shot is very strong," Halep told the media after the game.
"It's a bit cold today. I didn't perform to my best level, but her performance was wonderful. This game belongs to her."
Halep and Swatek met in the same round of the French Open last year. The Romanian, who played as the defending champion, easily defeated the nervous teenager 6-1 6-0 in only 45 minutes. In this reunion, Halep stated that he failed to keep the ball deep and did not limit his opponent behind the baseline.
"I know she will be very aggressive," Halep said. "This is how she plays. Today she played very smoothly every ball. She was very confident and hit the ball with full strength. For her This is a wonderful game."
"Of course, I could have done something different, such as shooting more with her, trying to control her in the second half, but today I have tried my best and can't do better. She is completely dominated. The game is very aggressive."
"I think her style of play is the same as last year, but I played better that time, and forced her to back up as much as possible, so that she didn't have time to play a killer."
"Today, her performance is stronger. When she feels good, standing on the court and hitting the ball under the shoulders will be very threatening. She did this today and played a good angle."
This defeat meant that Halep’s 17-game winning streak in singles was ended, and at the same time ensured that Barty will continue to remain the number one in the world after the French Open. When asked if he would be disappointed, Halep replied:
"This year has gone through all kinds of difficulties but still wonderful. I will not ruin the mood of the whole year for one game. Of course, such a loss is still difficult to digest, but I have become accustomed to some difficult moments in my career. "
"I will eat a chocolate and I will be better tomorrow."
Soon after Halep was eliminated, No. 5 seed Botens was also upset. The two might have met in the quarter-finals, but the qualifier Trevisan beat the Dutch star 6-4 6-4 and will compete with Swatek for the semifinal tickets.
"I think at this level, it is not surprising that who wins, because everyone has a very high level, mainly depends on the day's performance," Halep said, "Swatek played well and it was worth the game. Victory, and Trevisan may be the same. She won the game and entered the quarterfinals. I believe there will be a wonderful duel between them."
Talking about the subsequent arrangements, Halep confirmed that he intends to participate in the Australian Open, but also said that he hopes to have a good rest at the moment. This season the Romanian was a great success, in addition to winning the cup in Dubai, Prague and Rome, he also reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
"It's great to be able to play some games on clay. Winning the Rome championship is my happiest thing this year, so I'm fine," Halep laughed.
"I look forward to taking a good rest and walking on the street, because I am really bored here. I will enjoy the holiday with my family, because I am quite satisfied with my performance this year, so I will enjoy the free time. ."