Halep Goes Top in WTA Rankings for the First Time

 09 Oct 2017 - 14:30

Halep Goes Top in WTA Rankings for the First Time
Simona Halep of Romania hits a return during the women's singles final against Caroline Garcia of France at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 8, 2017. / AFP / GREG BAKER


London: Romania's Simona Halep moved to the top of the women's tennis rankings for the first time in her career, dethroning Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the latest list published by the WTA on Monday.

Halep has 6,175 points after a Beijing runner-up finish on Sunday, earning her a 40-point lead over the Wimbledon champion Muguruza who has 6,175. Czech Karolina Pliskova is third on 5,605, up one place.

Halep is the 25th player to top the rankings since they started in 1975, and the fifth different player to be top this year, following Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber, Pliskova and Muguruza.

French player Caroline Garcia meanwhile made the top 10 for the first time in her career, rising from 15 to nine after beating Halep in the Beijing final. Garcia had also won the Wuhan event a week earlier.

The current ATP top 10 are: 1.Simona Halep, Romania, 6,175 points, 2.Garbine Muguruza, Spain, 6,135, 3.Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic, 5,605, 4.Elina Svitolina, Ukraine, 5,465, 5. Venus Williams, United States, 4,642, 6. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark, 4,640, 7.Jelena Ostapenko, Latvia, 4,510, 8.Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia, 4,005, 9. Caroline Garcia, France, 3,860, 10. Johanna Konta, Britain, 3,795.