Rogers Cup No. 2 seed Simona Halep obviously appreciates all the support she gets from the Romanian fans.
Everywhere she goes, there seems to be large, vocal group of supporters.
Even Canadian Bianca Andreescu, whose parents are Romanian, who who made her WTA Tour main-draw debut at the Citi Open last week, got the spillover. She said she couldn’t believe how much Romanian she heard spoken in the crowd during her matches.
But while appreciative, Halep asked the fans to tone it down a bit after her 6-1, 6-0 victory over Barbora Strycova Thursday in Toronto.
“I want to thank them. And I think I can say – is not a bad thing – but I think that they have to be a little bit more fair play with the opponent, because today was a little bit too much in my opinion,” she said.
(Photos above are from the 2015 Rogers Cup in Toronto).
The match took just under an hour. Strycova, a combustible sort anyway, was visibly bothered by the vocal support.
Even with Marija Čičak in the chair – and who in their right mind would defy the formidable Čičak? – it wasn’t the best situation.
After the first game of the second set, Čičak had to ask the crowd to be fair to both players. There were very few fans left on the stadium court by that point, so they sounded even louder.