Halep: I will be stronger in 2016

World number two Simona Halep is determined to build on her successes this year during the 2016 tennis season. 

Halep had a superb 2015, which started with her winning the Shenzhen Open before making a quarter-final appearance at the Australian Open. She then went on to win the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the WTA BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, which she believes was her biggest title of the year. 

Despite falling in the second round of the French Open and in the first round of Wimbledon, Halep bounced back to reach the semi-final of the US Open for the first time in her career. 

In addition to all this, she ended the year as the world number two, which is also something she has never achieved before. 

"Indian Wells of course – it was my biggest title," Halep told the official WTA website. "Also I played really well in the summer – I did quarterfinals and semifinals for the first time at the US Open, and I played two finals before that, so even though I lost early at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, I'm happy with my season. I was feeling more relaxed and more confident, and I really started to enjoy every match on the court."

Halep believes that she had a better season this year in comparison with 2014 as she was able to take everything she learned last year and apply it this season. 

"Last year was a big year for me, but I think this year was better than last year," she said. "I can say because of last year, this year I learned many things. I learned how to play without pressure when I have to defend something, to defend points or the title. 

"And I learned that if I'm relaxed and enjoying what I'm doing, it helps me concentrate better and I can win tough matches. Last year I played well, but this year I made a lot of improvements in my game, and in my life also."

However, Halep admitted that she still has a lot of improvements to make if she is to have more success in 2016. But, she made it clear that she will do whatever it takes to come back stronger and win more titles next season. 

"I have many things to improve in my game. Right now I am pretty solid and confident in my game, but I want to improve more when I go onto the court – I have to improve my net game," she said. "And my serve, too, but I've improved that a little bit already. And when I go from offense to defence, and the other way.

"Right now I want to take a holiday, of course, and I won't think about tennis for a little bit, but then I'll come back and work hard. I really want to get better; I want to do better next year. Then I will be stronger."

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