Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Simona Halep earns second straight year-end No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis

Simona Halep earns second straight year-end No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis

The fifth racket of the world Elina Svitolina might be outside the list of the participants of the Final of the WTA tournament in Singapore.

Simona Halep in the season of 2018 only for four weeks was not the first racket of the world.

Halep is the top seed, but diagnosed recently with a herniated disk and having clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking, she hinted she may not actually play either Moscow or Singapore. She has been at the top of the rankings for almost the entire year even though her results suffered as the season wore on.

"I'm honoured to qualify for my first WTA Finals", said Stephens in a media release.

The WTA Finals will see the world's best players vie for a total prize money of US$7 million ($9.65 million) and two of the most prestigious titles in women's tennis. She then went all the way at the Miami Open, storming past Muguruza, Kerber, Azarenka, and Ostapenko in the process.

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She also reached the final at the Australian Open, Internazionali BNL d'Italia and the Western & Southern Open. "I give everything I have the first part of the year and then it's hard for me to play", said Halep, who also reached French Open finals in 2014 and 2017 but lost both times.

"I'm looking forward to. competing against the best players of the season".

"It has been an awesome year, the best year of my life in tennis". So I try just to keep myself calm and to be positive.

But before she takes the court in Singapore, or in Moscow, there's that back injury that is still bothering her. "The back is always hard, but I have to accept it and to look forward".

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