27 Sep 1991
Raised in Costanta with Justine Henin and Roger Federer as her idols, Halep is a perfectionist and a hard-working competitor.
In 2010, her first season as a top 100, she played her first WTA final in Fès. Next year she broke into the top 50 for the first time. In 2013 Halep lived her breakthrough season: she reached the semifinals in Rome as a qualifier and won her first six WTA titles in Nürnberg (d. Petkovic in final), 's-Hertogenbosch (d. Flipkens in final), Budapest (d. Meusburger in final), New Haven (d. Kvitova in final), Moscow and Sofia (d. Stosur in both finals). In 2014 Halep became the third Romanian to compete at the WTA Finals and the first ever to beat a World No.1, before losing the third title-match of the year, including her maiden Grand Slam final at Roland Garros, her favourite tournament. Winning two twitles in Doha (d. Kerber in final) and Bucharest (d. Vinci in final), she completed the season at No.3, for the first time in top 10. In 2016 Halep posted her third straight Top 5 season, as she won three WTA titles in Madrid (d. Cibulkova in final), Bucharest (d. Sevastova in final) and Montréal (d. Keys in final).
In 2017 Halep won one title, defending her crown in Madrid (d. Mladenovic), and lost four further finals in Rome (l. Svitolina), Roland Garros (l. Ostapenko), Cincinnati (l. Muguruza) and Beijing (l. Garcia). Here, however, beating Ostapenko in the semifinals, he became the 25th different player to hold the No.1 spot in the WTA rankings. But in Grand Slam play, apart from losing her second major final, Halep reached QF at Wimbledon and fell at the first round at Australian Open and Us Open.
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