Indian Wells - The Williams sisters may not know it, but
they have a No 1 fan in Simona Halep.
Top seed Halep took time in between her own matches to
attend the Williams' sisters match on Monday at WTA Tour's Indian Wells
"It's always nice to watch them. I love the way that
they are motivated and they are still playing at this age and Serena with the
kid," said world No 1 Halep.
"So it is great thing what they do for the sport and it
is great that tennis has them.
"Also I have many things to learn from them. That's why
I am trying to go in and watch every time I can."
Halep may be the top ranked player in the world but she is
quick to point out the brilliance of Serena, who took an extended period of
time off from the Tour to have a baby.
Serena returned to the WTA Tour at Indian Wells but was
eliminated in the third round when she lost 6-3, 6-4 to sister Venus.
"I'm number one at the moment but I just watched the
best player in the world," Halep said.
Halep also praised the sisters for all they have done for
women's tennis such as fight for equal pay at tournaments like Indian Wells
which has a shared purse of $16 million.
Venus next faces Carla Suarez Navarro, of Spain, in a
quarter-final match on Thursday. It is the first time in the quarter-finals at
Indian Wells for Venus since 2001.