Simona Halep loses China Open final but becomes World No.1

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On Sunday, Simona Halep lost the China Open final to France’s Caroline Garcia (15th in WTA rankings), 6-4, 7-6 (3). Despite this failure, Simona Halep will come home from Beijing as the WTA World No.1. Halep has said she very much wanted to win the game against France’s Caroline Garcia, but she emphasised that now she wants to enjoy the fact that on Monday she will become the new leader of the WTA rankings.

After losing the China Open final on Sunday, Simona Halep stated that Caroline Garcia, her opponent, was better and deserved to win.

“I consider she won the game, not that I lost it. I couldn’t be at one hundred percent level after yesterday. It was tough, I felt a bit tired. My legs hurt a bit. But I believe I fought until the end and I’m happy for that. She played amazing tennis, winning two tournaments in a row is something. She deserved to win today, she was better,” Halep stated, according to WTA Insider.

“Starting tomorrow I’m the World No.1, I want to enjoy it. I wanted to win, victory means a lot. I thank those who came. I’ll return to Beijing, I hope to play just as good. Thanks everyone,” Halep stated.

 

“It’s my special day”

 

On Monday, Simona Halep will become the 25th WTA World No.1, after she defeated Jelena Ostapenko, 6-2 6-4, in the Beijing Open semi-finals.

“I have many things to say, but words can’t describe my feelings now. I thank you for your support this week. Thank you China, I played very good games here, I managed to defeat Maria Sharapova,” Halep stated on Saturday after her semi-final victory against Ostapenko.

“It was very exciting, it’s wonderful to be able to do this. I thank my family and my team, including Darren, who is not here. It’s my special day,” the first Romanian player to reach the WTA World No.1 place said.

For the 26-year-old native of Constanta, this is the crowning of a perfect week. She defeated Maria Sharapova in a first, she took revenge for the categorical defeat she had suffered at the hands of Daria Kastakina in Wuhan, and, in the game for the first place in the world rankings, she also took revenge for the defeat she had suffered at the hands of Jelena Ostapenko in the Roland Garros final.

In the history of Romanian tennis, only two other players held the no.1 spot. Ilie Nastase was the first Romanian ATP World No.1, while Horia Tecau was no.1 in the doubles rankings.