As the #4 ranking in the WTA rankings, you would expect that Simona Halep would be a more recognized name within the sport. However, recent years have not been as kind to the Romanian superstar as they could have been. As such, she’s fell behind some of the more impressive names on the WTA circuit. At just 25, though, Simona has so much time to bring herself back to the top of the sport she excels at so much.
Already in her career, she’s won 6 WTA titles in one single calendar year. This is, as you might imagine, a record – she shares the feat with Steffi Graf, who won her first 7 in a calendar year. As you might imagine, such a rise to prominence perhaps heaped too much pressure on the Constanta star. She received the WTA Most Improved Player award for her stellar efforts, and continued to rise to prominence as time went on.
She played against Maria Sharapova in the 2014 French Open Final, too, where she lost to the Russian in three sets. She also reached the WTA Final, losing to Serena Williams, to complete a massively successful yet somewhat wistful 2014.
In 2014, though, she did achieve something incredible – she rose to #2 in the WTA rankings. At this point, she was riding high as one of the most impressive female tennis players on the planet. In 2014, she also made a run to take on the Australian Open final, not losing a single set on the way to the final. Again, she lost to Sharapova, this time in an incredible three-hour match.
2014 did bring success, though, in the form of the 2014 Bucharest Open where she defeated Roberta Vinci to claim another title to match her Qatar Open win in February 2014. As one of the most eventful years of her career so far, the following years have been a period of slow development and gradual change in both play style and performance.
2015 seen her reach the US Open, as well as win the Shenzhen Open as well as the 2015 Dubai Championship. In total, so far, she has been involved in a brilliant 22 career final, winning an impressive 14. At just 25, she has a huge amount of improvement to go in her game – the future is still extremely bright for a wonderfully impressive star of the WTA.