Simona Halep Clinches 2018 WTA Year-End World No.1 Singles Ranking
(October 15, 2018) ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association announced that Simona Halep has clinched the 2018 WTA Year-End World No.1 Singles Ranking. This is the Romanian’s second straight year finishing at the top of the rankings. She is the 25th player, since rankings were introduced, to reach the WTA Tour summit.
She’s won three titles this year, the Shenzhen Open, Rogers Cup, and her first major title at Roland Garros. She also was a finalist at the Australian Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome) and the Western & Southern Open.
“Finishing the season as the WTA World No.1 last year was a huge honor for me,” said Halep in a WTA press release. “To do it for a second time in 2018 feels like a special achievement, especially having also won my first Grand Slam this year. To be able to see my name again alongside the other legends who have achieved the year-end No.1 ranking makes me very proud.”
“Simona enjoyed another outstanding season and it is a privilege to be able to celebrate her earning the 2018 WTA Year-End World No.1 Singles Player presented by Dubai Duty Free for the second consecutive year,” said WTA CEO and Chairman Steve Simon. “Winning a Grand Slam title and reaching six finals overall this season is a remarkable achievement, while off the court Simona embodies all the values that are befitting of the WTA Tour’s No.1 player.”
Halep will complete in her fifth straight WTA Year-end event in Singapore later this month.
2018 has been incredible. I am so proud to finish as @WTA year-end No.1 for the second time!
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) October 15, 2018