Halep Goes To World No.1

Simona Halep becomes the 25th WTA world number one after reaching the China Open final

Simona Halep
Image |Beth Wilson

By Stephen Higgins | 7 October 2017

Romania’s Simona Halep is the new WTA world no.1 after defeating Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-final of the China Open.

The 26-year-old’s 6-2 6-4 victory over the French Open champion ensures that she will supplant Garbine Muguruza at the top of the rankings on October 9. The Spaniard has been top of the pile since September 11th this year.

Halep is the 25th world no.1 since the WTA rankings were introduced in 1975 and the fourth of 2017 after Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova and Muguruza.

The very first player to hold the distinction under WTA rankings was 18-time major winner Chris Evert.

After a slow start to 2017 - with only three wins from her first seven matches - Halep found some form in the Spring.

The 2014 French Open finalist made the last eight in Miami, and from there achieved a series of deep runs in the bigger tour events.

Halep has a Premier Mandatory title (Madrid), grand slam final (Roland Garros), Premier Mandatory final (China) and two Premier finals (Rome, Cincinnati) to her credit this season to date.

Romania’s greatest ever female player has earned 15 titles and over $19 million in prize money over the course of her career. She is yet to win a grand slam, twice finishing as French Open runner-up in 2014 and 2017.