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January 21, 2022

Simona Halep, 13th woman to end WTA season as world no. 1 and the first Romanian to reach this position

Since the inception of computer rankings in 1975, Halep becomes the 13th WTA player to achieve the year-end no.1 singles ranking, and the first from Romania.

Halep’s achievement occurred after Danish Caroline Wozniacki defeated Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 7-6 (9) 6-3 on Saturday in the semi-finals of the women’s singles event at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Pliskova was the only one that could have bested Halep in the WTA hierarchy has she won the title in Singapore.

Halep climbed to the top of the world rankings on October 9, becoming the 25th leader in the history of the WTA hierarchy, being the first Romanian to reach this position.

She became the 25th player to achieve the no.1 ranking on October 9, 2017 following her 27th career WTA final at the China Open in Beijing, and is ensured to retain the position as the top player for the rest of the year, according to the WTA.


All 13 WTA year-end world no.1s:

Chris Evert (USA): 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981

Martina Navratilova (USA): 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986

Stefanie Graf (Germany): 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995 (tied with Monica Seles)

Monica Seles (Yugoslavia): 1991, 1992, 1995 (tied with Stefanie Graf)

Martina Hingis (Switzerland): 1997, 1999, 2000

Lindsay Davenport (USA): 1998, 2001, 2004, 2005

Serena Williams (USA): 2002, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015

Justine Henin (Belgium): 2003, 2006, 2007

Jelena Jankovic (Serbia): 2008

Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark): 2010, 2011

Victoria Azarenka (Belarus): 2012

Angelique Kerber (Germany): 2016

Simona Halep (Romania): 2017

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