WTA Tour Ranking for the year 2017 has been released and Simona Halep of Romania was voted No. 1 with 6,175 points.
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Although Halep is yet to win her first grand slam title, she admits this achievement will play a big role in motivating her to work harder for another breakthrough next season.
Speaking to reporters at the WTA finals in Singapore last Sunday, the 26-year-old said: “Well, I can say that it’s a great feeling that I can finish the year number one.”
Halep will remain number 1 until the start of 2018 season, WTA confirmed.
“Of course, the best moment was on court when I won against Ostapenko in Beijing. But also it’s more special to finish the year, as we can see that less players finished the year as number one in the world and I think it’s more difficult to do that,” the No. 1 added.
“Well, now I don’t feel any pressure because the season is finished but I can imagine that it’s going to be a little bit more difficult.
“I have to work harder to stay there but in my mind now is just to enjoy the moment and we will see.
“I touched everything I wanted about my dream in this way because I have many others. But I just want to be relaxed, to enjoy tennis more and to give my best every time I go on court. I think this is everything I can ask from myself.”
The Romanian revealed she had a tough season with regards to winning tournaments. Her campaign for the season was frustrating; all efforts yielded only one title at the Madrid Open.
However, Halep highlighted that stress contributed most to her disappointments, and said she has learnt more about the sport and herself.
“I had many ups and downs but I was consistent, in my opinion,” she added.
“It was a tough one. Of course every week I went back on court, working. Even when I lost in the first round at the U.S. Open, I went back on court and I tried to improve in my game, which I did.
“I’m really happy that I could stay constant, which is the best thing, I think, for a player. And also that I’m fit. I have no problems now, no injuries. So I’m just trying to make the off-season better and to start the next year better.”