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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