101 Facts About Simona Halep

1. Simona Halep got the first final victory at Trofeo Bonfiglio.

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2. Simona Halep was born on September 27, 1997, in Romania.

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3. Simona Halep is a Romanian tennis player who is most known for her aggressive baseline style.

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4. Simona Halep has an older brother named Nicole Simona Halep and sister Luminita.

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5. Simona Halep is born on 27 September 1991 at Constanta, Romania, Europe.

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6. Simona Halep is a Romanian professional tennis player who was named WTA's Most Improved Player in 2013.

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7. Simona Halep is 25 years old and was born on September 27, 1991 in Constanta, Romania, the fifth-most populous city in the country.

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8. Simona Halep spoke to Elle about growing up in Romania, and her first tennis memories.

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9. Simona Halep explained to the New York Post that she would have had the surgery even if she was not a tennis player.

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10. Simona Halep has become one of the top tennis players in the world.

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11. Simona Halep spoke of her lifelong love of football in an interview with FIFA.

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12. Simona Halep's hits balls with heavy power without making a sound.

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13. Simona Halep's was coached from an early age by Ioan Stan, a local tennis coach in Constanta.

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14. Simona Halep's accrued enough points to secure the year-end No 1 ranking for the second year in a row, but was forced to withdraw from the WTA Finals due to a back injury, thus bringing her season to an end.

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15. Simona Halep's was defeated by Dominika Cibulkova in her first match at Wuhan and was forced to retire against Ons Jabeur in Beijing.

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16. Simona Halep's performed poorly at the end of the season, withdrawing from the Connecticut Open and seeing a first round loss to Kaia Kanepi at the US Open.

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17. Simona Halep's kicked off her clay court campaign by leading Romania against Switzerland in their World Group Play-off tie in Cluj-Napoca.

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18. Simona Halep's faced former world No 1 and 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber in the semifinals.

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19. Simona Halep's went on to defeat Naomi Osaka in the fourth round in straight sets and former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals, in straight sets.

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20. Simona Halep's became the seventh player to reach the No 1 ranking without having won a Grand Slam tournament.

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21. Simona Halep's promised her fans to come back even stronger in the 2018 US Open.

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22. Simona Halep's beat Jana Cepelova, Tatjana Maria and Daria Kasatkina in straight sets in the first three rounds.

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23. Simona Halep's ended her year with a disappointing round-robin elimination in the WTA Finals.

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24. Simona Halep's became the third player qualified for Singapore with this performance, after Kerber and Serena.

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25. Simona Halep's made here her best doubles result so far, reaching the final, paired to Monica Niculescu.

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26. Simona Halep's continued her form during the 2016 Rogers Cup.

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27. Simona Halep's was aiming to start her grass-court season in Birmingham but pulled out due to injury.

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28. Simona Halep's was then knocked out of the tournament in a rain-affected match against Samantha Stosur in the round of 16.

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29. Simona Halep's began her clay court campaign by participating in the Stuttgart Open.

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30. Simona Halep's defeated Andrea Petkovic in her first rubber despite failing to serve out the match twice.

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31. Simona Halep's suffered yet another opening round loss to Elena Vesnina at the Qatar Open a week after her Dubai defeat, dropping two spots to world No 5.

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32. Simona Halep's won in two sets against qualifier Petra Martic and Timea Babos, but lost in quarterfinals to young Denisa Allertova, who was apparently just training for the next tournament in the hot and humid climate of South China.

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33. Simona Halep's played for the first time in the mixed doubles tournament, paired with countryman Horia Tecau.

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34. Simona Halep was overpowered and lost in the second round in straight sets for the second time in the last three majors to the hard hitting Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

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35. Simona Halep's made it to the final after world No 1 Serena Williams withdrew with a right knee injury.

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36. Simona Halep's won three-set matches against Daria Gavrilova and Varvara Lepchenko before beating Karolina Pliskova in two tight sets in the fourth round.

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37. Simona Halep's advanced to the final by beating Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets.

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38. Simona Halep's finished her breakthrough year ranked No 11 in the world.

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39. Simona Halep's defeated Samantha Stosur in three sets for her sixth WTA title of the season.

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40. Simona Halep's defeated Austrian Yvonne Meusburger in three sets to win her third WTA title.

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41. Simona Halep's claimed her first Grand Slam match win of the year at Wimbledon, defeating Olga Govortsova of Belarus, before falling to Li Na in three sets.

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42. Simona Halep's became the first Romanian tennis player to win back-to-back tournaments on different surfaces.

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43. Simona Halep played at the Brussels Open in a tune up for the 2012 French Open.

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44. Simona Halep's lost in the second round to Carla Suarez Navarro in three sets.

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45. Simona Halep's lost to Lucie Safarova in the second round.

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46. At the 2011 French Open, Simona Halep beat Alla Kudryavtseva, then lost to eighth seed Samantha Stosur in the second round.

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47. Simona Halep's was ranked 166 in the world as of 5 April 2010.

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48. Simona Halep's started entering senior developmental ITF tournaments in the spring.

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49. Simona Halep's closed things by winning the all–Romanian final in three sets against 10th seed Elena Bogdan.

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50. Simona Halep's started the year 2008 playing in junior competitions, reaching the final in Notting Hill, where she lost to Arantxa Rus, then defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open Junior Championships, before losing in the semifinal to Jessica Moore.

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51. Simona Halep's named Justine Henin and Andrei Pavel as two of her idols when she was younger.

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52. Simona Halep's was given the award of Cetatean de onoare of the city of Bucharest in 2018.

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53. In December 2018, Simona Halep was chosen by ESPN most dominant tennis player of the year and ranked ninth in The Dominant 20 top of the most dominant 20 athletes in the world.

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54. Simona Halep's is the current world No 3 on the WTA Tour, and has won 18 WTA singles titles.

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55. Simona Halep's reached the No 1 ranking for the first time on October 9, 2017.

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56. Simona Halep remained at the top of the chart with 6,921 points.

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57. Simona Halep was born in Constanta to Stere and Tania Halep, a family of Aromanian descent.

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58. In terms of tennis strategy Simona Halep is an aggressive counterpuncher.

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59. Simona Halep has described her playing style as being "an aggressive baseliner" and said that she models her game on Justine Henin.

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60. In November 2015, Simona Halep announced that Darren Cahill would be her full-time coach, starting in January 2016.

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61. As of 2017, Simona Halep is a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz Romania.

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62. In the final, Simona Halep lost the first set but won sets two and three to secure her first major title after three previous finals appearances, including two at the French Open.

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63. In the final, Simona Halep was defeated by Caroline Wozniacki in three sets.

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64. Simona Halep won her first WTA doubles title at the tournament, partnering Begu, by defeating Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova in the final.

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65. Simona Halep started her season by winning the Shenzhen Open.

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66. At the 2017 US Open, Simona Halep lost to former No 1 Maria Sharapova in the first round on 28 August.

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67. Simona Halep went into the French Open as one of the favourites, seeded third.

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68. Simona Halep continued her success in Rome, beating Laura Sigemund, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Anett Kontaveit and Kiki Bertens before losing in the three-set final to Elina Svitolina, while sustaining an ankle injury during that match.

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69. Simona Halep kicked off her clay season with a run to the semifinals at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, beating Barbora Strycova and Anastasija Sevastova before losing to eventual champion Laura Siegemund.

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70. At the BNP Paribas Open, Simona Halep received a first round-bye and beat Donna Vekic before losing to Kristina Mladenovic for the third time in her career.

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71. Simona Halep started the season at the Shenzhen tournament where she lost in the second round to Katerina Siniakova after beating Jelena Jankovic.

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72. In her second match, hampered by injuries, Simona Halep lost to Angelique Kerber, winning only four games, which was her first defeat to the German in four career meetings.

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73. In the quarterfinals, Simona Halep faced world No 1 Serena Williams, but lost in straight sets.

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74. Simona Halep easily defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round, but then lost a thrilling match to Johanna Konta.

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75. Simona Halep resumed her season in Guangzhou, where she was the top seed.

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76. Simona Halep was overpowered and lost in the second round in straight sets for the second time in the last 3 majors to the hard hitting Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

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77. Simona Halep won the final match against the 18th seed Jelena Jankovic in three sets to claim her biggest career title to date and take over the lead in the Road to Singapore standings.

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78. In the first half of January 2015, Simona Halep played at the Shenzhen Open where she was the top seed, winning her ninth WTA title against No 47 Timea Bacsinszky.

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79. On 22 October 2014, Simona Halep stunned two-time defending champion Serena Williams.

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80. Simona Halep won her first ever WTA Finals match, beating fellow Finals debutante Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets.

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81. Simona Halep returned at Cincinnati, where after being given a first round bye as the second seed, she defeated Kirsten Flipkens and Lucie Safarova in straight sets, before losing for a fifth time to Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals.

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82. At Wimbledon, Simona Halep made it through her first four rounds with relative ease, dropping just one set on her way to a third consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal.

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83. In the final, Simona Halep lost to Maria Sharapova in a match lasting over three hours, in a re-match of the Madrid Open final staged a few weeks prior.

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84. Simona Halep is the first player since Martina Hingis in the 1997 Australian Open to reach her first Grand Slam final without losing a set.

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85. Simona Halep entered the French Open as the number 4 seed, and dropped just 11 games in her opening three rounds against Alisa Kleybanova, Heather Watson and Maria Teresa Torro Flor respectively.

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86. Simona Halep described it as "one of the best moments of my life".

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87. On 16 February 2014, Simona Halep competed in the final of the Qatar Open, defeating Angelique Kerber in straight sets to win her first ever Premier 5 tournament.

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88. Simona Halep defeated the former number one in the world in three sets and qualified for the first time in her career in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam.

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89. At the US Open, Simona Halep reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career, where she ultimately lost to Italian Flavia Pennetta in two sets.

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90. In the second round of Cincinnati, Simona Halep beat Marion Bartoli in the second round in what was Bartoli's last match of her career.

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91. Simona Halep began the year as the Romanian No 2, ranked No 47 in the world, 20 places behind Sorana Cirstea.

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92. Simona Halep played at the 2012 Brussels Open in a tune up for the 2012 French Open.

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93. Simona Halep lost in the first round of the 2012 Australian Open after making the quarterfinals at Hobart.

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94. At the 2011 US Open, Simona Halep was placed in the main draw and faced Li Na in the first round.

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95. Simona Halep qualified for the main draw at the 2011 Rogers Cup in Toronto but drew 12th-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova as her first opponent.

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96. In the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Simona Halep defeated Bojana Jovanovski before falling to 7th seed Serena Williams in three sets in the second round.

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97. At the 2011 French Open, Simona Halep beat Alla Kudryavtseva, then lost to 8th seed Samantha Stosur in the second round.

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98. Simona Halep would go then to the 2011 Moorilla Hobart International but she would lose in the third qualifying round, in a decisive set against Magdalena Rybarikova.

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99. In August 2010, Simona Halep qualified for the main draw of the US Open, where she faced Jelena Jankovic in the first round.

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100. In May 2010 Simona Halep qualified for her first ever Grand Slam main draw, at French Open, defeating Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the final round of qualifying.

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101. Born in Constanta, Simona Halep started playing tennis at the age of 4, in emulation of her older brother.

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