Simona Halep Clinches 2017 WTA No. 1 Ranking
by Staff | October 28th, 2017, 6:29 pm
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Simona Halep officially locked in the year-end WTA No. 1 ranking on Saturday after Karolina Pliskova fell in the semifinals of the WTA Singapore year-end event. The Czech had to win the WTA Finals title to pass Halep.

Halep becomes the 13th different player to finish No. 1 on the WTA computer since the rankings were introduced in November of 1975.

Halep, who also have never won a Grand Slam title, is the third different year-end WTA No. 1 in the last three years after Serena in 2015 and Angelique Kerber in 2016. Caroline Wozniacki twice finished the year No. 1 without winning a Slam in 2010 and 2011.

Halep first reached No. 1 on October 9.

Th 26-year-old Halep won one title in 2017 and reached the finals at four other events including the French Open.


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6 Comments for Simona Halep Clinches 2017 WTA No. 1 Ranking

t4t Says:

It would have seemed more appropriate if Mugu had been year end #1. At least she had won a slam.
These slam less wonders on the women’s side seem to be becoming more common. I recall Jelena Jankovic, Woz ( at least twice) and now Halep.
On the men’s side, I think only one man has reached #1 without winning a slam ( Rios) but he wasn’t year end #1. But after the big 4 fade, maybe ATP will resemble the WTA.


t4t Says:

I just checked the list of year end #1s on the ATP side and find Ilie Nastase was year end #1 in 1973 without winning a slam.


Van Persie Says:

t4t,

Check again about Nastase


t4t Says:

Van Persie, you are right. He won RG in 1973 and USO in 1972. So that means Rios is the only slamless guy who reached #1 and there is no slam less guy who ever reached year end #1. But all that is probably going to change once the big 4 are gone . The super talented guys would be inconsistent and the consistent guys would not be super talented.


Van Persie Says:

t4t,

I hoped Muguruza would have won this, as she won a slam and Cincy, if I am not wrong and was the deservant Nr. 1. As much as I like Halep, would have prefered her to be Nr. 1 with a slam. Yesterday I rooted for Pliskova, so that Halep escapes this…even if she looks happy with her ranking. The problem is: too many “chokers” in the WTA atm.

About Nasty: not my fave person, but when we talk about talent, I was a bit amused to see his name on same thread where Halep, Wozniaki and JJ were mentioned. This guy did not use to train for his matches.


t4t Says:

Right, a big goof up on my part. I did not know much about Nastase except that he insulted Serena this year. I googled ATP #1s and saw Nastase’s name and that particular site only mentioned that he had been Wimbledon finalist twice, rather weird that. I researched him a bit and think he was a big talent with not much discipline. Somewhat like McEnroe who also reportedly did not practice or train.
I can’t stand Woz. While hardwork should be rewarded, I feel ( perhaps unreasonably) annoyed by her #1s and now the WTA title and win over Venus. Victory of uninspiring mediocrity over genius.

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