Former world No. 1 Simona Halep admitted her confidence grew after winning the Melbourne Summer Set 1.
Halep, seeded at No. 2, saw off third-seeded Veronika Kudermetova 6-2 6-3 in the Melbourne final.
Kudermetova made a good start to the match as she broke Halep in the third game to take a 2-1 lead.
After falling down by a break, Halep responded in style as she earned three consecutive breaks to win five games in a row win and win the opener.
Halep dropped her serve in the opening game of the second set but responded with two breaks to overturn the deficit and book a straight-set win.
Halep confident in her game
“The body is great, I feel good,” Halep said afterwards, per the WTA website. “I had a tough five matches, and my body is good. I don’t feel that tired. Physically I’m in the right place. Confidence is growing. I feel confident. I feel that I have the game to win matches.
“I’m not that scared when I lose serve because I lose often the serve, but I am confident in my return. I’m not getting scared there. I didn’t even think that I lost the serve, I just focused on the return. I just focused on every game I played. I was very positive.”
At the start of the week, Halep explained why she’s not thinking about retirement yet.
“I thought about it being close to the end, but honestly after this pre-season and how I feel right now at the tournament, I feel like I have a few more years to play. My husband is supporting me in that direction, my family as well. My team says I’m still good enough to go there and compete, so I’m not thinking about retirement yet. I just want to enjoy and give my best because I know there is another chance,” Halep explained.