Cirstea didn't have a very good year until recently with a much improved shown at the Indian Wells Masters. She followed that up with an even better level in Miami surprising herself first and then many others as well. Reacting immediately after beating Sabalenka, Cirstea noted that she is quite speechless:
"I think I'm a bit speechless. I came out, knowing that it's gonna be a really tough match. Aryna hits so hard. So I knew I had to, to hold my ground and I'm very, very happy with my performance today. And yeah, it's a bit unexpected, to be honest."
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Speaking further Cirstea explained that her being 32 doesn't change anything for her as age is just a number:
"I guess people like to keep count of the age, the years, the results, but I never do that. You know, I just mind my own business. I just work hard, do my thing, believe in my game, work with my coach Thomas Johansson, who we just started in December. And, so far I think it's going great, and, like I said, I'm not defined by numbers, and I'm just trying to keep my head down and work hard. "
She also praised the crowd for giving her a lot of support once more:
"It was an amazing atmosphere today, and I enjoyed the crowd getting into the match and the support from everyone and also to see the Romanian flags means a lot."