Simona finishes year-end No. 1
Simona Halep will finish 2018 as the WTA year-end World No.1 after an incredible season that also included her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.
It is the second straight year that the Romanian has achieved this feat, having spent 40 weeks in the top spot across 2018. Halep will have amassed a total of 53 weeks as the World No.1 when the 2018 season ends – the fourth-most weeks among active players and 10th on the all-time list.
“Finishing the season as the WTA World No.1 last year was a huge honor for me,” said Halep. “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 has enjoyed another stand-out season, winning the Shenzhen Open, Rogers Cup presented by Bank National (Montréal) and her debut Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros. In addition, she reached the final at the Australian Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome) and the Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati).