Simona Halep (Romanian pronunciation: [siˈmona haˈlep]; born 27 September 1991) is a Romanian professional tennis player. She is the current world No. 1 on the WTA Tour, having previously held this position for 16 weeks between October 2017 and January 2018. 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. 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 6-0 6-2 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. In 2017 she played in her second French Open final, losing again in three sets (this time to Jeļena Ostapenko), after leading by a set and 3-0 in the second. Halep was the most clicked player on WTATennis.com for two consecutive years (2014–2015), when she was awarded the WTA Most Popular Player of the Year prize.
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