The 2018 Simona Halep tennis season officially began on 1 January 2018 with the start of the 2018 WTA Tour. Simona Halep entered the season as the No. 1 ranked player in the world. Halep began her season at the Shenzhen Open. She was the top seed and advanced to the final after successfully defeating Nicole Gibbs, Duan Yingying, Aryna Sabalenka and Irina-Camelia Begu. She defeated her in the opponent's final that eliminated her one year ago in R16 in three sets, Kateřina Siniaková.

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Australian Open – Follow the Tennis match between Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki live with Eurosport. The match starts at 09:30 on 27 January 2018. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen. Head-to-head: see historical stats and visit our detailed profiles for Simona Halep vs Caroline Wozniacki. Get all the latest on Tennis: fixtures, results and tables. 30.  HALEP 6-7 6-3 4-6 WOZNIACKI. That's it! Caroline wozniacki is the australian open champion.

14–27 January 2019. Read. Watch.  Simona Halep 4R interview. Interviews 1548059785. Fourth round lost to Serena Williams 1-6 6-4 4-6. Share this article. Share this.  SIMONA HALEP: It's not easy. It's frustrating a little bit during the match, but as we all know, I'm not a big server, so I have to go with that. Maybe I could change a little bit the direction of the serve to mix a little bit more, but I didn't.

Halep started her 2018 by winning the Shenzhen Open in China, becoming the first player to win two titles at the Chinese event. She beat Nicole Gibbs, Duan Ying-Ying, Aryna Sabalenka and Irina-Camelia Begu to reach the final, where she upended defending champion Katerina Siniakova in three sets in a match moved indoors due to inclement weather. She also won her first WTA doubles title in Shenzhen alongside Begu by defeating Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova in the final. Final Results for January's WTA Player of the Month. 1. Simona Halep (71%) 2. Caroline Wozniacki (25%) 3. Angelique Kerb

January 26, 2018. Caroline Wozniacki defeated No. 1 Simona Halep 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-4 after two hours and 50 minutes to win the 2018 Australian Open title, the first Grand Slam of her career. With the win, Wozniacki will reclaim the WTA World No. 1 ranking exactly six years since she last held it, a WTA Rankings record for time in between stints at No.1.

Simona Halep breaking her racket during the second set of her first-round loss to Kaia Kanepi on Monday at the U.S. Open. CreditBen Solomon for The New York Times. Image. Simona Halep breaking her racket during the second set of her first-round loss to Kaia Kanepi on Monday at the U.S. Open.  27, 2018. It only seemed as if Simona Halep made history Monday in a New York minute. Actually, it took all of 76 minutes for her to become the first No. 1 women’s seed in the history of the United States Open to lose in the first round, falling by 6-2, 6-4 to Kaia Kanepi. As Halep’s trademark on-court soap operas go, the stunning upset was still swift, almost routine. Kanepi, a 33-year-old Estonian who is ranked No. 44, dominated a sluggish Halep in the first set before halting her rally to 4-4 from 0-3 in the second in the first main-draw match at the new Louis Armstrong Stadium.

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Australian Open 2018: Simona Halep Survives Marathon to Join Karolina Pliskova in Last 16. indiacom. 2018-01-20T02:09:15+00:00. 2018-01-20T02:09:57+00:00. Simona Halep. Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep Named Top Seedings. Sports Desk | January 11, 2018 4:50 PM IST. New Delhi: World number ones Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep have been named top seeds for the upcomin Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep Named Top Seedings. indiacom. 2018-01-11T05:50:46+00:00. 2018-01-11T05:50:46+00:00. Simona Halep. ITF Player of The Year Awards: Rafa  In a shock upset as Jelena Ostapenko beat third seed Simona Halep 4-6 6-4 6-3 to bag the French Open Jelena Ostapenko bags French Open 2017 women’s singles title, becomes first Latvian to win Major. indiacom.

Simona Halep (Romanian pronunciation: [siˈmona haˈlep]; born 27 September 1991) is a Romanian professional tennis player. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on two separate occasions between 2017 and 2019. She reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time on October 9, 2017. On her second occasion, she held the ranking for 48 consecutive weeks. In total, she has been No. 1 for 64 weeks, which ranks tenth in the history of female tennis. Halep was the year-end No. 1

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LOOK at Simona Halep’s dress when she plays the Australian Open final on Saturday and you’ll notice something very unusual. James Matthey@jamesmatthey.  THERE’LL be something very different about Simona Halep compared to Caroline Wozniacki when they face off in the Australian Open final on Saturday night. We’re not talking about Wozniacki boasting a near-10cm height advantage over Halep, or the Dane’s blonde hair contrasting with the Romanian’s slightly darker locks. Wozniacki will walk out on Rod Laver Arena with the logo of apparel giant Adidas on her dress and visor. That’s what you do when a company pays you bucketloads of money to promote its brand. But look closely at Halep’s outfit when she emerges from the tunnel onto centre court. Sco

Simona Halep had a rather rough start to the 2018 season when it comes to apparel sponsorship, as despite being a world No.1 WTA player, she had to play her first tournament in the new year in no-name gear, since her contract with Adidas expired on January 1st and a new clothing deal hadn’t been signed yet. According to Romanian media, the situation is finally resolved and the tennis star is about to land a four-year contract with Nike! No logos on Simona’s outfit in Shenzhen this January. After winning the 2018 Shenzhen Open without logos on her outfit, Halep has reportedly negotiated an agre

Simona Halep. January 2019. Serena Williams beats Halep in three sets at Australian Open – as it happened. Serena Williams prevails in a spectacular encounter, beating world No 1 Simona Halep 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Published: 21 Jan 2019. Serena Williams beats Halep in three sets at Australian Open – as it happened. Serena Williams too hot for Simona Halep in tense Australian Open battle. Serena Williams will play Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals after a 6–1, 4–6, 6–4 win over Simona Halep. Published: 21 Jan 2019. Serena Williams too hot for Simona Halep in tense Australian Open battle. Austral

Simona Halep, the 26-year-old number one ranked female tennis player in the world, has just won the 2018 French Open. She defeated the 10th-seeded American Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday. Stephens, for her part, told reporters that the women’s finals trophy “looks good” on Halep, and that there is “no one else I’d rather lose to than the number one in the world.” Halep is the first Romanian to win a grand slam since 1978. (Her manager, Virginia Ruzici, won the French Open 40 years ago.) Halep had lost at Roland Garros in both 2014 and 2017 and in this year’s Australian Open. “In the

Halep saved three match points and finally finished off a 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 victory in a 3-hour, 45-minute third-round match vs. American Lauren Davis.  19, 2018 | Updated 8:21 a.m. ET Jan. 20, 2018. Simona Halep celebrates after beating Lauren Davis in the third round of the Australian Open. (Photo: SAEED KHAN, AFP/Getty Images). CONNECTTWEET LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. MELBOURNE, Australia — World No. 1 Simona Halep saved three match points to survive a 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 battle of attrition against American Lauren Davis in the longest-timed women’s match of this year’s Australian Open on Saturday. The match lasted 3 hours, 45 minute before Halep finally took advantage of her first match point at 14-13, 40-30 when Davis sailed a forehand wide. Th

Simona Halep, Bucharest, Romania. 1,529,944 likes · 1,326 talking about this. The official Facebook page of Romanian professional tennis player Simona  Honoured that the Romfilatelia has created a stamp to mark my victory at ROLAND-GARROS 💌. Simona Halep. SpSonSsoSredS. · August 27 at 6:15 PM ·.

Simona Halep kept her bid to regain the World No.1 spot alive with a defeat of Wang Qiang in the Miami Open quarterfinals, erasing a 1-5 deficit and saving three set points in the second set. March 27, 2019. Defending champion Kvitova, World No.1 Osaka and home hope Muguruza to headline Madrid. The Mutua Madrid Open has announced a stellar lineup for its 2019 edition in May, featuring defending champion Petra Kvitova, World No.1 Naomi Osaka, two-time winner Simona Halep and home favorites Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez Navarro. March 27, 2019. Miami Open 2019: Wednesday's Order of Play

Singurul site despre Simona Halep cu statistici live. Zilnic stiri, declaratii si rezultatele meciurilor Simonei.  Simona Halep a disputat astazi partida pentru calificarea in finala turneului de la Cincinnati. Ea a jucat impotriva nemtoaicei Angelique Kerber care a invins-o cu scorul de 6-3, 6-4. Simona nu este dezamagita de aceasta eliminare, ea declarand ca a jucat la cel mai inalt nivel impotriva unei jucatoare foarte bune care a fost in. Rating

261de săptămâni a adunat Simona Halep în Top 10, ea a intrat între primele zece jucătoare ale lumii pe 27 ianuarie 2014 și de atunci s-a menținut în această elită. 25de lideri a avut circuitul feminin de la introducerea sistemului computerizat în 1975 și până acum. 4săptămâni din 2018 nu a fost Simona Halep lider mondial, atunci când românca a cedat poziția în favoarea danezei Caroline Wozniacki între 28 ianuarie-26 februarie. Jucătoarele cu cele mai multe săptămâni pe primul loc. Puncte de apărat în 2019 pentru Simona Halep.

Romanian Simona Halep defeated American Sloane Stephens on Saturday to capture her first French Open title and first Grand Slam title overall. Halep lost the first set 6-3 and was down 2-1 to start the second but rallied to win 6-4 and force a third and final set. In the third set, Halep made quick work of the demoralized Stephens, winning 6-1 to capture the trophy. Overall, Halep won five break points and had a 75% first serve percentage in the win.

19, 2018. MELBOURNE, Australia — Top-seeded Simona Halep survived a marathon third-round battle with 76th-ranked Lauren Davis on Saturday at the Australian Open, ultimately prevailing, 4-6, 6-4, 15-13, after three hours and 44 minutes. “I’m almost dead,” Halep, a 26-year-old Romanian, said in her on-court interview. “But it’s nice that we could show good tennis.” Halep saved three match points at 10-11, and she finally served out the match on her fourth try. She had been up a break at 5-4, 6-5 and 8-7 in the third, which lasted two hours and 22 minutes. Davis, a 24-year-old American, said she

Numărul 3 mondial, Simona Halep, a artat nivelul echipei României de Fed Cup, dupa ce în prima zi a primului tur al grupei mondiale, la. Citeste mai mult. Homepage, Stiri. February 5, 2019. Simona confirma colaborarea cu noul antrenor Van Cleemput. Simona a inceput colaborarea cu belgianul Thierry Van Cleemput in calitate de nou antrenor. Acest lucru a fost confirmat pentru WTA.  Fundația Simona Halep dezvoltă proiecte de lungă durată în domenii precum sport, sănătate și educație. Află mai multe! Citește mai mult. Media. Fii la curent cu ultimele articole și comentarii despre Numărul 1 mondial! DESCHIDE MEDIA. Abonează-te la newsletter-ul săptămânal pentru a fi la curent cu ultimele noutăți despre numărul 1 mondial!

Simona Halep’s fashion is different to that of most of her competitors.Source:Getty Images. THERE’LL be something very different about Simona Halep compared to Caroline Wozniacki when they face off in the Australian Open final on Saturday night. We’re not talking about Wozniacki boasting a near-10cm height advantage over Halep, or the Dane’s blonde hair contrasting with the Romanian’s slightly darker locks. Wozniacki will walk out on Rod Laver Arena with the logo of apparel giant Adidas on her dress and visor. That’s what you do when a company pays you bucketloads of money to promote its brand

Simona Halep Latest News and Updates, Special Reports, Videos & Photos of Simona Halep on India TV. Articles on Simona Halep, Complete Coverage on Simona Halep.  Serena Williams defeated Simona Halep 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in round four of the Australian Open. Australian Open: Halep edges young Kenin; Serena enters round three with a bang. Tennis | January 17, 2019 18:52 IST. Halep reached the final in Australia last year after saving match points in the third round and again in the semifinals, but lost the championship match to Caroline Wozniacki.  Simona Halep remains on top of WTA rankings Kerber in second. Tennis | November 26, 2018 18:53 IST. Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark retained the third sport in this week's unchanged top 10, ahead of Ukraine's Elina Svitolina and Japan's Naomi Osaka. Top-ranked Simona Halep withdraws from WTA Finals. Tennis | October 18, 2018 14:07 IST.

Simona Halep of Romania returns the ball in her women's singles first round match against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug. 27, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Kena Betancur, AFP/Getty Images. Kaia Kanepi of Estonia hits a return to number 1 seeded Simona Halep of Romania at the 2018 US Open tennis tournament Aug. 27, 2018 in New York. - This year's tournament marks the 50th anniversary of the Grand Slam event. KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images. Elsa, Getty Images. S

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In Halep's case, she was the first player who had saved match points in multiple matches to have reached the final. She saved triple match point and rallied in the third set to beat Laura Davis 15-13 in the third set of her third-round match, and also needed to save match points in her semifinal against Angelique Kerber. Wozniacki saved match points in her second-round win over Jana Fett and later said she was relaxed because for the rest of the tournament she was "playing with the house money."  Halep, who was playing with an injured left ankle and had rallied from a break down in the third set to lead 4-3 when Wozniacki took a medical time out to have her left knee taped, just ran out of steam. "It's not easy to talk now, she played amazing," Halep said. "It's been a great tournament for me.  First published on January 27, 2018 / 7:57 AM. © 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

- January 1, 2018. Getty Images. World number one Simona Halep began the year in emphatic style with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Nicole Gibbs as Maria Sharapova also romped through her first-round match at the Shenzhen Open on Monday. Romania’s Halep, who will be seeking her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in two weeks’ time, struck 12 winners to blitz the 110th-ranked American in one hour and nine minutes. “We had a big crowd, which was nice to play in front of,” Halep said after her first-round match in the southern Chinese city, where she won in 2015. Halep won the first set with

Halep secured her first Grand Slam ( Getty Images ). Like so many of the other major prizes in women’s tennis the French Open has been dominated in recent times by the big hitters, but Simona Halep proved here on Saturday that there is still room in the modern game for a player whose greatest strength is her athleticism. Putting aside the disappointment of defeat in all three of her previous appearances in Grand Slam finals, including two on this court, the 26-year-old Romanian beat Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.  Like Caroline Wozniacki, who beat her in the Australian Open final in January, Halep will no longer have to answer questions about whether she deserves to be world No 1 when her portfolio does not include a Grand Slam title. Halep, who would have stayed at the top of the rankings even if she had lost the final, has had to play 32 Grand Slam tournaments to break her duck.

Shenzhen - Suivez en live la rencontre de Tennis opposant Simona Halep et Aryna Sabalenka. Ce match se déroule le 4 janvier 2018 et débute à 08:00. Eurosport propose pour cette rencontre un suivi en direct pour connaître l'évolution du score et les principaux faits. Consultez la fiche détaillée pour Simona Halep, ainsi que celle pour Aryna Sabalenka. Découvrez également toute l'actualité du Tennis: calendrier, résultats et classements. 30.

January 4, 2018 12:23. Top seed Simona Halep and former world number one Maria Sharapova sealed straight-sets wins to reach the Shenzhen Open semi-finals. Getty Images. OMNISPORT. World number one Simona Halep eased into the semi-finals of the Shenzhen Open with a straight-sets victory over Aryna Sabalenka, while Maria Sharapova also sailed into the last four. Halep's victory over Duan Ying-ying on Wednesday guaranteed she will be the top seed at the Australian Open this month and the Romanian moved a step closer to starting the season with a title a day later, beating Sabalenka 6-2 6-2.

Simona Halep. Simona Halep guaranteed top seeding for this month's Australian Open after battling back from a set down to defeat Duan Yingying 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Shenzhen yesterday. She is now assured to remain World No. 1 ahead of Caroline Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza for the season's first Grand Slam which begins in Melbourne on January 15. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get updates on all the latest and trending stories on the go. Trending videos.

Simona Halep beat Duan Yingying to reach the last eight of the Shenzhen Open. Victory ensures the Romanian will be the top seed at the Australian Open. Halep hit 21 winners and won five out of eight break points to win 3-6 6-1 6-2. The Romanian capitalised on her rival's thigh problem late on in the match. By Shrivathsa Sridhar, Reuters.  Published: 17:07 BST, 3 January 2018 | Updated: 12:22 BST, 4 January 2018. e-mail. 6. View comments. World number one Simona Halep assured herself of top billing for the Australian Open after powering past local hope Duan Yingying and into the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open in China on Wednesday. Halep hit 21 winners and won five out of eight break points to prevail 3-6 6-1 6-2 and secure her number one ranking going into next week and top seeding for Melbourne ahead of Caroline Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza.

Simona Halep's long wait for a grand slam title is over after she won a thrilling French Open final against Sloane Stephens. The world number one finally got her hands on the coveted Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen four years after her first appearance in the final at Roland Garros. She sealed the title with an unreturnable serve before covering her face with her hands in disbelief following a 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory. She did it the hard way, though, falling a set and a break behind to Stephens, who was hunting a second major title to add to her triumph at last year's US Open. But the hard-hitting

World number one Simona Halep beat 2016 champion Angelique Kerber in a thrilling semi-final 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 on Thursday (25th January) to reach her first Australian Open final./ AP.  Halep was sponsored by Adidas for four years, but that partnership came to an end before the start of 2018. Related articles: Cilic into final, joins elite group. 26 Jan, 2018 5:12am. 3 minutes to read. Thank you for a wonderful 4 years @adidastennis and a special hug to Claus Marten. A little bit of a sad day for me but I’m excited to see what the future holds. Happy New Year to everyone and good luck in 2018 😊 — Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) December 31, 2017. reported Halep's team wanted a deal worth more than Adidas was prepared to offer.

Simona Halep saved two match points on the Kerber serve at 6-5 in the final set. 2018 Australian Open. Dates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne Park. Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online. World number one Simona Halep saw off 2016 champion Angelique Kerber in a thrilling contest to reach her first Australian Open final. The Romanian, twice a French Open runner-up, saved two match points on her way to a 6-3 4-6 9-7 victory. In Saturday's final Halep will face Caroline Wozni

Halep is all in—and that is why it’s so often been hard to witness her anguish. So it was good to see hard work rewarded today. But while we might look back and ponder the 6-1 score of the final set as an easy time of it, there’s rarely anything easy about watching Halep try to close out a match. Early on, Halep was searching for answers all over the court. Meanwhile, Stephens was dictating brilliantly. Once Stephens went up a set and 2-0, it seemed like Halep was slated once again to lose. Halep was a yo-yo, while Stephens was akin to Muhammad Ali: float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Ha

7, 2018. Simona Halep reached a third French Open final and retained top spot in the rankings with a commanding straight-sets win over Garbine Muguruza. Halep was runner-up for a second time at Roland Garros last year and lost the Australian Open final in January, but will have another opportunity to claim a maiden grand slam title on Saturday. Muguruza had not dropped a set in the tournament before she was dominated by an aggressive Halep in the opener and the world No. 1 came from a break down in the second to win 6-1 6-4. A sprightly Halep returned superbly on a sunny afternoon on Court Phi

Published on Thursday 4 January 2018 at 09:14 - Modified on Friday 5 January 2018 at 14:21. Tennis - Shenzhen, China. Friday 5 January 2018 at 06:00. Total: 1:28'. Simona Halep. Begu, Irina-Camelia. 6. 6. - - - 1. 4. - - - 38'. 50'.  Simona Halep's sets in the last 5 games. 8 Won in total.

All Simona halep News updates and notification on our Mobile App available on Android and ITunes.  Halep, the highest seed left following Naomi Osaka’s exit on Saturday, has now won her last four meetings with Williams, their previous encounter before clashing at Hard Rock Stadium coming earlier this year at the Australian Open. read more. Simona Halep beats Polona Hercog, battles into Miami Open 4th round. Mar 25, 2019 09:30. Simona Halep, 27, lost her place at the top of the rankings following Naomi Osaka’s triumph at the Australian Open earlier this year. read more. Top-ranked Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep crash out of Indian Wells. Mar 13, 2019 17:45. Belinda Bencic, ranked 23rd in the worl

SIMONA HALEP: It felt really well, and I think I played good tennis, even if the previous days I didn’t feel the ball that well. But today was great that I could actually play a few rallies. I got the rhythm back.  SIMONA HALEP: I like to play in Indian Wells, and also I like that the ball is flying a little bit. I was like that because it was important to win this match. I come back from an injury, tough injury, and I didn’t have pain.

28th January 2018, 2:06 pm. Updated: 2nd July 2018, 11:50 am. A HARROWING image of Simona Halep in a hospital bed showed just how much tennis players put their bodies through. The Romanian was admitted to hospital after suffering from 'severe dehydration' following her epic Australian final defeat to Caroline Wozniacki. @ESPNtenis/Twitter. 4. Simona Halep is on a drip in hospital, suffering from 'severe dehydration'. AFP. 4. Simona Halep receives medical help during Australian Open final. Halep went down 7-6 3-6 6-4 in the Melbourne showdown and spent two hours and 50 minut

January 12, 2019. MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Simona Halep was trying on her new shoes when she got the news direct from the draw about her tough section containing both Serena and Venus Williams at the Australian Open. Even before she contemplates possible back-to-back matches in the third and fourth round against Venus and Serena, top-ranked Halep has to get through an opening match against Kaia Kanepi, who beat her in the first round at the U.S. Open last year. AP's Member Network: The Detroit News.  LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named the 2018 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation on Thursday after each won Grand Slam titles and finished the year atop the world rankings. Djokovic, recognized by the ITF for the sixth time, won the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles a year after undergoing surgery on his right elbow.

Simona Halep is a Romanian professional tennis player. The Women's Tennis Association ranked her world No. 1 in singles on two separate occasions between 2017 and 2019. She reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time on October 9, 2017. On her second occasion, she held the ranking for 48 consecutive weeks.  Halep first broke into the world's top 50 at the end of 2012, reached the top 20 in August 2013, and finally the top 10 in January 2014. She won her first six 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. [6]. Halep won her first major tournament at the 2018 French Open , [7] having previously lost in the 2014 French Open , 2017 French Open and 2018 Australian Open finals.

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