Simona Halep reaches no. 1 WTA


Simona Halep takes Romania to the top

For more than 40 years, Romania hasn’t had a tennis player on top of the rankings, since Ilie Nastase became the very first no.1 in tennis history.

China Open has been the “Tournament of Revenge and Glory”. Right after defeating Maria Sharapova, Halep knew that this would be the best chance to dethrone Garbine Muguruza from the 1st place of the WTA. The next obstacle was Ostapenko, who denied Halep reaching the top in the Roland Garros Final. The Latvian player hadn’t lost a single set until this clash, but Halep was at her maximum pace and destroyed her rival, 6-2, 6-4.

Halep lost the Final, but became the 5th player to reach the first position in 2017, after Kerber, Williams and Pliskova. In the last year she has won Madrid Open and reached three Finals in France, Italy and Cincinnati and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.

Simona will try to extend her lead at the 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore, a tournament where she reached the Final on her debut, in 2014.

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