New Number One Simona Halep Eager To Retain Focus

New Number One Simona Halep Eager To Retain Focus

Becoming the 25th woman to stand atop the WTA rankings, Halep is also the first from Romania.

Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation (L) and Simona Halep of Romania (R) shake hands at centre court after their women's singles match in the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing.

"It's very emotional, I think it's the first time I cried on court", she said. Ostapenko had a chance to pull it back in game 6 but her backhand hit the top of the net and landed long, and Halep moved 4-2 ahead after 23 minutes.

Simona Halep gained some revenge for her defeat by Jelena Ostapenko in the French Open final and achieved world number one status for the first time after a 6-2 6-4 win in the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing on Saturday.

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Halep is yet to win a Grand Slam but reached her first major final at the French Open this year.

"Of course it's the best moment in my life, and I want just to keep it", Halep told reporters in Beijing.

Of the 74 percent of first serves that she was able to make to put Sharapova on the defensive right from the off, Halep was more often than not able to come away victorious, winning 77 percent (24/31) of the points when she managed to land her first delivery.

If the Frenchwoman wins the China Open, Konta must reach the final of the Kremlin Cup, which starts on 16 October, to claim the eighth and final place at the season finale in Singapore.

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In the men's tournament, top seed Rafael Nadal battled past Bulgarian Grigor Dmitrov in three sets in a gruelling semi-final encounter.

Muguruza retired during her opening match on Monday with a cold and Svitolina was ousted by unseeded Caroline Garcia in a marathon quarter-final encounter.

But the 20-year-old added after seeing off Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-4: "If I play my best and I stay aggressive tomorrow and I am consistent, I think everything can happen".

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