Simona Halep clinched her first No. 1 seeding at Grand Slam last night by advancing to the quarterfinals rallying past Duan Ying-Ying 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
The win ended Caroline Wozniacki’s No. 1 hopes next week. Garbine Muguruza had previously been eliminated from the 3-way race after retiring in Brisbane.
Halep will make her debut as a top seed at a Slam at the Australian Open in 10 days. She will be the third different women’s top seed in Melbourne in the last three years after Serena Williams in 2016 and Angelique Kerber in 2017.
“I’m not thinking about the ranking, I’m not thinking about the Australian Open,” Halep said. “I will just keep the same routine and same things to do. I’m just thinking about the match tomorrow.”
After several missed tries, Halep finally ascended to No. 1 on Oct 9. And after having lost in the first round at the Australian Open last year, the Romanian has a very good chance to hang on to her ranking for a while longer.
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