Simona Halep is a professional tennis player who was born on September 27, 1991. The Romanian was born to parents Tania and Stere Halep, who are Romanian of descent. Halep started playing tennis when she was just 4 years old, following the footsteps of her older brother. By 6 years old, she was already training daily, and by 16 years old, Halep relocated to Bucharest to further pursue her career in the sport.
Halep is currently coached by Darren Cahill, and is known for being an aggressive baseliner who excels on all surfaces. She started playing in the ITF Circuit in Romania in 2006. Four years later, Halep was able to have her first Top 100 season when she rose from No. 11 to No. 96.
By 2014, Halep rose through the ranks and was finally able to have her first Top 10 season. During the said year, she won WTA titles at Bucharest and Doha. She was also able to enjoy impressive performances during the Grand Slam tournaments during the said year.
2017 was perhaps her best year as Halep had fantastic performances during the tournament despite some struggling with left knee pain. She finally reached the WTA world No. 1 rank after she defeated Ostapenko at the 2017 China Open.
On February 2018, Halep was ranked number 1 and had a career record of 415 victories with 16 WTA titles and 6 ITF titles. While she does not have a Grand Slam title yet, she was able to finish at the final rounds at the Australian Open and the French Open. Halep was unable to continue her excellent run as she was forced to withdraw from the WTA Finals because of a season-ending back injury.
Currently ranked number 3 in the tour, Halep began the 2019 season without a coach. She was defeated in the second round of the 2019 Sydney International and lost to Serena Williams in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Halep fell to Elise Mertens in the final round of the 2019 Qatar Total Open. She lost to Karolina Pliskova in the Miami Open semi-finals and lost to Kiki Bertens in the Madrid Open.
Achievements:• 473–205 (69.76%) career record – singles• 18 Women’s Tennis Association career titles - singles• 6 International Tennis Federation career titles – singles• 59–60 (49.58%) career record - doubles• 1 Women’s Tennis Association career titles - doubles• 4 International Tennis Federation career titles – doubles