Simona Halep Takes Shenzhen Crowns, in Singles and Doubles
(January 6, 2018) No. 1 Simona Halep won both the singles and doubles titles at the Shenzhen Open. The Romanian beat defending champion Katerina Siniakova 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 in the singles final and paired up with Irina-Camelia Begu to take the doubles title.
She joins an exclusive group of players: Ashley Barty (Kuala Lumpur), Begu (Bucharest) and Kiki Bertens (Gstaad), who were able to complete the singles and doubles title sweep in 2017
Of the five World No.1 players from 2017 (Serena Williams, Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Muguruza), Halep is the only one to capture a title while atop the rankings
This title serves as Halep’s first as World No.1 and 16th overall
Halep will extend her stay at No.1 on Monday, marking her 14th consecutive week atop the WTA Rankings.
This week’s doubles triumph marks the first career crown for Halep and seventh for countrywoman Irina-Camelia Begu
Singles – Final
 S. Halep (ROU) d  K. Siniakova (CZE) 61 26 60
Doubles – Final
Begu (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU) d  B. Krejcikova (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 16 61 10-8