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Simona Halep

tennis player
Born September 27, 1991 in Constanta, Romania
Height 5'6" (168 cm)
Weight 130 lbs (60kg)
Plays Right-handed
Coach Firicel Tomai (–2013) Andrei Mlendea (2013) Adrian Marcu (2013) Wim Fissette (2014) Victor Ionita (2015–present)
Bio Simona Halep is a Romanian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1, a ranking she first achieved in October 2017. Halep first broke into the world's top 50 at the end of 2012, the top 20 in August 2013, and then the top 10 in January 2014 (after reaching the Australian Open quarterfinal).
She won her first 6 WTA titles in the same calendar year in 2013 (a feat that was last achieved by Steffi Graf in 1986 when she won her first 7), being named the WTA's Most Improved Player at its end, as well as being named ESPN Center Court's 2013 Most Improved Player.
Halep reached the 2014 French Open final, her first Grand Slam final, where she played against Maria Sharapova, losing in three sets. She also reached the final of the WTA Finals the same year, losing to Serena Williams in straight sets after having defeated her 6-0 6-2 earlier in the tournament. Halep continued her success throughout the 2015 and 2016 seasons winning 3 titles in each respective season (including 2 Premier Mandatory titles) and remaining within the Top 10. In 2017 she played in her second French Open final, losing again in three sets (this time to Jeļena Ostapenko), after leading by a set and 3-0 in the second.
Halep was the most clicked player on for two consecutive years (2014–2015), when she was awarded the WTA Most Popular Player of the Year prize. After the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Simona Halep became the active player with the most consecutive weeks within the Top 10. Halep has also won WTA's Fan Favorite Singles Player in 2017. In 2018, she lost versus Caroline Wozniacki at Australian Open final, however Halep claimed her maiden Grand Slam singles title at Roland Garros.

She was given the award of Cetățean de onoare ("Honorary Citizen") of the city of Bucharest in 2018.

Simona Halep was born in the Dobrujan city of Constanța, to Stere and Tania Halep a family of Aromanian descent. Her father (a former football player at Săgeata Stejaru playing in the lower leagues) owns a dairy products factory.

Halep started playing tennis at the age of four, in emulation of her older brother. At age 6, she was practicing daily. At age 16, she relocated to Bucharest to further her tennis career. She named Justine Henin and Andrei Pavel as two of her idols when she was younger.

In 2018, At the Australian Open, she defeated the Australian Destanee Aiava in the first round in two sets and in the second round was victorious in straight sets against Eugenie Bouchard. In round three she survived three match points against Lauren Davis in a match lasting 3:45 hours, taking the third set 15–13. The match equaled the Australian Open record for most games played in a women's singles draw match at 48 — equaling Chanda Rubin's 1996 quarterfinal win over Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

She went on to defeat Naomi Osaka in the 4th round in straight sets and former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals, also in straight sets. She faced former world No. 1 and 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals. In the 3rd set, she saved two match points and went on to win, qualifying for the Australian Open final for the first time.

In the final, Halep was defeated by Caroline Wozniacki in three sets.

Halep reached the final at Rome in a rematch of last year's final against Elina Svitolina, but lost in straight sets.

At the French Open, Halep defeated Alison Riske, Taylor Townsend, Andrea Petkovic, sixteenth seed Elise Mertens, twelfth seed Angelique Kerber, and third seed Garbiñe Muguruza to reach her second consecutive final in Paris, where she faced tenth seed and US Open champion Sloane Stephens. In the final, Halep lost the first set but won sets two and three to secure her first major title after three previous finals appearances, including two at the French Open.

Simona Halep's current clothing sponsor is Adidas, having previously had her apparel supplied by Lacoste. She also signed a deal with Vodafone Romania for 3 years.

Simona Halep has self-described her playing style as being "an aggressive baseliner" and "she models her game on Justine Henin". Henin herself said of Halep, "She has an intelligent game. There is a little something that reminds me of myself... it is offensive and aggressive."

In 2010, before her breakthrough, New York Times columnist Michael Kimmelman described her as "a scrappy player from Romania, short but with potent ground strokes and a scrambler's talent."

Like Djokovic she has a talent for hitting winners from defensive positions. She is a defensive aggressor, an aggressive defender. She is becoming unclassifiable." After Halep finished runner-up in her first Grand Slam final against powerful hitter Maria Sharapova in Roland Garros in 2014, Eleanor Crooks of The Independent wrote that Halep "has a lovely fluidity of movement and superb balance that enables her to comfortably trade with more powerful players". Michael Beattie of also noticed that SHE "is free of the shrieks, tics and fist-pumps of her contemporaries."

In terms of tennis strategy Halep is an aggressive counterpuncher. Her very fit body and athleticism provide her with very good all-court movement and she tends to make few errors; she also uses this agility to reach the ball earlier because of her wide back swings and sliding. At the same time she likes to control the rally and can hit very effective cross-court and down-the-line flat shots, generally producing winners.
Misc At almost 18 years old, Halep decided that her large breasts were interfering with her game. She underwent breast reduction to reduce her bust size to 34C from 34DD. She explained the decision, saying, "It's the weight that troubles me. My ability to react quickly, my breasts make me uncomfortable when I play. I don’t like them in my everyday life, either. I would have gone for surgery even if I hadn’t been a sportswoman." She also experienced back pain. She later revealed her reduced bust size at the French Open in May 2010. After the surgery, she moved up constantly in the world rankings, reaching World No.2 in 2014.
Tournament AO RG W US Win-Loss
2010 A R128 A R128 0-2
2011 R32 R64 R64 R64 5-4
2012 R128 R128 R128 R64 1-4
2013 R128 R128 R64 R16 4-4
2014 QF RU SF R32 17-4
2015 QF R64 R128 SF 10-4
2016 R128 R16 QF QF 11-4
2017 R128 RU QF R128 10-4
2018 RU CH R32 R128 15-3
2019 R16 QF A A 7-2
Win-Loss 19-9 28-9 17-8 16-9 80-35