Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Simona Halep into China Open final; becomes new World No 1

Simona Halep into China Open final; becomes new World No 1

Halep knew that a march to the final would see her top the world rankings when the new list is published on Monday, and she duly took care of Latvia's Ostapenko 6-2 6-4 in Saturday's semi-final.

Earlier this year, a young Latvian, Jelena Ostaneko, stormed into her first ever Grand Slam final at the 2017 #french open.

Simona Halep won 2-0 and advanced to the final.

Despite hitting more winners than her rival, Sharapova committed 39 unforced errors and struggled to contend with the Halep's power and aggression in Beijing.

As she becomes the world No. 1, Halep leaps past Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza.

26, is set to become the 25th world No. 1 in the WTA history and the first Romanian tennis player to achieve the summit.

A blockbuster first-round clash in NY went the way of Sharapova but Halep produced a brilliant performance in Beijing to win 6-2 6-2.

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Another chance Halep received in Beijing - the current first racket of the world Garbinie of a celestial body due to injury, didn't play the second round match against Barbora Strycova and jeopardize his lead in the world rankings.

Halep said on wtatennis.com: "It was a great match, I think I played my best tennis against her".

Last month, she claimed the biggest title of her career at the Wuhan Open in China, beating Australian Ashleigh Barty in the final.

"Of course it's the best moment in my life, and I want just to keep it", Halep said. The French and US Open champion is one of three men to win five titles this year, along with Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev.

On the other side, Jelena Ostapenko was playing her third consecutive semifinal in Asia trying to reach her first Premier Mandatory final in the process.

Ostapenko made a typically high 33 unforced errors, but her powerful forehand kept her out of trouble against Romanian Cirstea, who is also her doubles partner.

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