Tennis player Simona Halep is considered the Romanian darling of the moment as she is now the third ranked tennis player in the world after reaching the Wimbledon semi-final. In what is a relatively new situation for her she is playing in what is for her a 'home' tournament, the inaugural Bucharest Open and is the number one seed.
She started play with a second round victory over Danish player Indy De Vroome in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4 after which during interviews with the WTA Tour's official website she let it be known how impressed she was with the crowd and that she was very pleased with her play.
This is a big tournament for the Romanian tennis star as she is eager to win a tournament after her best ever result at Wimbledon which some feel might have been even better had she not injured her ankle in the semi-final against Eugenie Bouchard.
She is considered by some tennis insiders as a player who is on the cusp of establishing herself as not just a threat to win every tournament she is entered but one of the favourites because of her ability to hit with power while on the defensive or when she is attacking.
Simona Halep is the only top ten player in the field and a win at this tournament will endear her even more to her home fans and also prove to many in the tennis world that she has the mental toughness and focus to win when she is expected.
The superstar players of whom Simona Halep will now be measured against win when they are expected to and as she did in her first game, do not give their opponents any hope for an upset.
Simona Halep is a player who is on the path to becoming a special player and soon may become a very in-demand endorser of sporting and luxury goods because of her play and beautiful looks.