A year ago, Simona Halep had a couple of incredible results that had kept her at the top of the tennis world, lifting the first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, securing another significant crown in Canada and playing in the final in Cincinnati.
Nonetheless, a back injury had halted the Romanian's progress, playing only three events by the end of the season and not playing at her best in 2019 as well, losing finals in Doha and Madrid before failing to defend the title in Paris.
Out of nowhere, Simona delivered her best tennis at Wimbledon, scoring seven wins to become the first Romanian champion at the All England Club after an incredible performance against Elina Svitolina and Serena Williams whom she toppled 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour to achieve the career-best result.
Finding a perfect balance between strong defensive tennis and attacking skills that she lacked at this event in the past, Halep proved to be the player to beat and flew home with the most significant tennis trophy in her hands.
Welcomed by fans and two Romanian legends Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriac, Simona thanked her family, coaches, Federation and supporters who all gave her the energy to go all the way and write the history of the Romanian sport.
As was expected, the Presidential Administration has announced on Monday that the President Klaus Iohannis will award Simona Halep with the highest distinction of the Romanian state, Steaua României (Romanian Star), together with the special event at the National Arena.
“As a result of the extraordinary performance at the Wimbledon and as a sign of recognition and appreciation for the whole activity, the President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, has decided to award the highest award of the Romanian State, the National Order Steaua României in the Rank of the Knight, to the tennis player Simona Halep.
Through her dedication, devotion and professionalism confirmed both on the tennis court and out of the court, Simona Halep has promoted our country’s name all over the world. Simona Halep is a model for the younger generation, and her involvement in popularizing tennis among children is a huge gain for the Romanian sports”.