Rising Romanian star Jaqueline Cristian gave credit to Simona Halep for showing young Romanian players that it’s possible to make it in the game of tennis.
Halep, a two-time Grand Slam champion, is also a former world No. 1.
Cristian, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 123 in the world, is inching closer toward achieving her goal of breaking into the top-100 for the first time in her career.
Cristian, who is enjoying a breakthrough season on the Tour, has been through to the semifinal of this week’s Astana Open in Nur-Sultan.
“She is the one who started to show us that it is possible,” Cristian said, per the WTA website. “That gives you confidence.
“She is a great player, and I always tried to learn something from her. It is really motivating that someone from Romania made it like that, because it is hard.”
Cristian commited to hard work
“The main thing is to keep myself healthy,” Cristian said. “I know if I work hard enough, I am going to make it one day. I just want to get better every day.”
Halep, now ranked at No. 15 in the world, missed the French Open, Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics due to an injury.
Halep, 30, insists she has a few more years left.
“I don’t know why everyone is talking about the end of my career. It’s not close. I really want to play more. Due to injuries I had little doubts that I could still, but now I am very fit, I am healthy, and I want to play for another two or three years, four years,” Halep said, per Treizecizero.
In September, Halep got married.
“This year was a special one on a personal level. Professionally I had serious injuries, but the enthusiasm and desire remained the same. I feel motivated, I can play at a high level. At the US Open I felt that I was at a good level and, with work, I will return there again,” Halep noted.