"It's a big difference inside myself because I did what I wanted to do," she told a press conference after being asked if she felt any difference ahead of her Australian Open campaign. "I won a grand slam finally, and now I can say I'm a real number one," Halep expressed.
Halep, who is preparing for the tournament with no coach after parting ways with trainer Darren Cahill, said she did not want to rush into a new coaching appointment too soon.
"It's tough to change the person I'm working with every day", she said adding: "I wanted to feel that I'm ready to take another challenge, because every time you commit to someone in your team you have to give 100 percent.
Their last meeting in the first round of last year's US Open, ended in a straight sets defeat for the Romanian.
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