Women's Tennis star Simona Halep has been training hard at Adelaide in preparation for the Australian Open next month in Melbourne.
Halep, currently ranked world No. 4, has been in town for the past two weeks honing her skills under the watchful eye of Adelaide born coach Darren Cahill and is already keen to return again to Memorial Drive.
"I think its a good thing that I get to train like in the same conditions as in Melbourne for the Australian Open," The Romanian said.
"So I feel that its going to help me, I've had a good time here and for sure I will come back."
Halep believes this is the best preparation she has had heading into the start of a season as she aims to win her first Grand Slam title.
"I worked really hard this off season, I think its the hardest I've ever trained before," Halep explained.
"Darren was in my country for a few weeks and we trained really hard, then we came here, I had no breaks, which is good because in the past I had injuries and I had to stay a little more (at home) but now I feel ready to start the season and to play some good matches."
The 25 year old feels her coach of two years Cahill, has brought her some added confidence with her game that she can win her first major tournament.
"I think I have more confidence in myself, he believes in me a lot," Halep said.
"He shows that I'm able to win big tournaments, which I did this year as well.
"We are preparing very well towards winning a grand slam, so this is the main goal, but you never know in Tennis, I just work hard every day and he gives me more confidence that I'm strong on court."
Cahill knows Halep is a genuine star on the WTA Tour who is yet to reach her potential.
"I think she had a really good 2016 without it being a great year," Cahill explains.
"I think anybody who has finished the year ranked top five in the world it's about majors and putting herself in a position to win those majors.
"She had a couple of good ones last year, she fell in the Quarters at Wimbledon having a chance against Angelique Kerber, Simona fell in the Quarters of the US Open playing one of her best matches of the year against Serena Williams so she gave herself a chance, now the next step is to make the most of those chances, so we are looking at maximising in the majors."
Her 2014 and 2015 Australian Open campaigns included making the Quarter Finals in successive years, but with a stronger preparation this pre-season she has given herself the best chance yet to go even deeper into the tournament.
"I like the courts (at Rod laver Arena), I like also the weather, Im just looking forward to starting the season to give everything I have," Halep continues.
"I feel better prepared than last year, so I hope this year I can do better than previous years.
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