Romania’s Simona Halep becomes the 25th player in WTA’s history and first from her country to rise to the No. 1 ranking.
Halep sealed her rise with an impressive 6-2, 6-4 win over French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the China Open semis in Beijing today.
The 26-year-old needed to win the match to overtake Garbine Muguruza, who for four weeks held the No. 1 spot. It was the fourth time this season that Halep had got within one win of the coveted spot, but this time, she made no mistake.
In the past 12 months, Halep has won the Madrid Open for the third Premier Mandatory title of her career, and reached the final of the French Open, the Italian Open and the Cincinnati Open, and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.
Halep will be presented with the WTA World No.1 Trophy, the focal point of which is a silver “star-map” tennis ball that represents the tennis universe. All World No.1s, past and present, are depicted by a diamond in the sky, which represents each champion’s mark on the sport.
The updated rankings will be released on Monday, October 9th.