Simona Halep, from the Black Sea city Constanța, has just earned herself the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) ranking of “the best woman’s tennis player in the world” after qualifying in the final of the China Open on Saturday (7th October 2017).

Simona now aged 26, has been playing tennis since aged 4, and will be the first Romanian player to achieve this status after beating Latvian 20-year old Jelena Ostapenko in the China Open semifinals after the two-set match ended 6-2, 6-4.

Simona has been close to earning the title of Best Woman’s Tennis Player on a number of occasions this year, and now all of the hard work has finally paid off, even beating former world champion Maria Sharapova during a tournament in Beijing which sent her to the quarterfinals of China Open.

Simona Halep

Halep first broke into the world’s top 50 at the end of 2012, reached the top 20 in August 2013, and finally the top 10 in January 2014. She won her first 6 WTA titles in the same calendar year in 2013 (a feat that was last achieved by Steffi Graf in 1986 when she won her first 7), being named the WTA’s Most Improved Player at its end, as well as being named ESPN Center Court’s 2013 Most Improved Player and now, officially starting 9 October 2017, Halep will be the new No. 1 player.

Halep reached the 2014 French Open final, her first Grand Slam final, where she lost to Maria Sharapova in three sets. She also reached the final of the WTA Finals the same year, losing to Serena Williams in straight sets after having defeated her earlier in the tournament. Halep continued her success throughout the 2015 and 2016 seasons winning 3 titles in each respective season (including 2 Premier Mandatory titles) and remaining within the Top 10.

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