Day 2 Brings the Heat
On her loss to Simona Halep… I’ve played a certain way for a long time, and to make errors that I normally wouldn’t make, even though I haven’t played in a year, is still very frustrating. It’s just hard coming back. You don’t really know what to expect from yourself. I didn’t play badly. I played the No. 2 player in the world.
On how fast she’ll work her way back to her pre-injury level… Eventually I’ll beat someone, so I’m not worried about that (laughs).
On her decision to play doubles with Genie Bouchard… We have the same agent, so I was like, ‘Let me ask my girl, Geenster.’”
 Simona Halep
On her 7-6(3), 6-0 win over Stephens… I can say that was a very tough first set. Also, I was missing too much and also she did some great points. For the first round and first match on hard court it was not that bad. Second set was much better, and I feel better now.
On her on-court visit from coach Darren Cahill at the set break… Always when he comes, I play okay so thanks to him (smiles). He told me about the serve a little bit. My serve wasn’t the best. He told me I have the game.
On her Romanian fans… Well, It’s nice to have Romanians in the stands cheering for you. It feels like I have support everywhere I’m going. I thank them for coming because it’s not easy to be in the heat.
 Gael Monfils
On his accessibility to fans… I think it’s the way I am. I think it’s the way I was raised. I think fans are very important. It’s because of them that I can shine. It’s the minimum we can do.
On being back in Washington, D.C… It’s a great feeling. It’s always good to come back to a place where you played good the year before. It’s just a good sensation.