Cincinnati - World number two Simona Halep had a horror show
journey to reach the WTA Cincinnati Masters this week involving a scary private
plane flight and a six-hour car trip.
The 25-year-old Romanian lost in the WTA Toronto semi-finals
and was convinced to take a private plane flight for the first time to travel
"When I saw the plane the first time, I was
scared," Halep said. "It was too small. We had to stop in Buffalo for
the (US) customs. I said that was enough.
"I was white. I felt I had no air. I said, 'That's
enough for me.' That plane was moving too much. I wanted to be safe on the
So Halep and coach Darren Cahill rented a car and shared a
six-hour drive from Buffalo to Cincinnati. Halep handled the steering wheel for
two hours of the journey and otherwise enjoyed the scenery.
"Mostly just the trees," she said. "The view
was really good."
As for private planes, she is still willing to try them,
with a caveat.
"A big plane yes," she said. "A small one no.