Simona Halep is a Romanian tennis player. She shot to fame when she defeated Serena Williams in the 2019 Wimbledon final. She has been the World No 1 for two times between 2017 and 2019 and has retained the position for 64 weeks.
Simona Halep was born on 27 September 1991 (age 28 years; as in 2019) in Constanța, Romania. Her zodiac sign is Libra. She did her schooling from the Scoala Gimnaziala Nr.30 Gheorghe Titeica, Constanța, Romania. She simultaneously attended the Liceul Cu Program Sportiv Nicolae Rotaru (Sports School) in Constanța, Romania. She pursued her undergraduate from the Universitatea „Ovidius” din in Constanța, Romania. Simona has been playing tennis since she was 4 years old. She was inspired to play tennis by her brother, who she had watched playing. She started playing regularly from the age of 6.
Her mother wanted her to be a successful tennis star, and when Simona was 10 years old, it was Tania’s wish to see her win at Wimbledon. Simona was very good at studies. She loved maths, and once, in an interview, she stated that if she wasn’t a tennis player, she would have been a mathematician.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Eye colour: Moss Green
Hair Colour: Medium Ash Blonde
Figure Measurements (approx.): 34-28-36
Simona Halep belongs to the Aromanian Ancestry. Her father, Stere Halep, is a soccer player and runs a dairy products factory. Her mother, Tania Halep, is a homemaker. She has a brother, Nicolae Halep. Simona is unmarried.
Simona started her career in 2008. She started playing in the Notting Hill tennis club and participated in the Australian Open Junior Championships but she lost. In May, she scored her first win at the 2008 Trofeo Bonfiglio Cup. She won once again in June at the Roland Garros Junior Championship.
She also started playing the International Tennis Federation (ITF) senior development tournaments. She won two $10,000 tournaments and two $25,000 tournaments. In 2009, she underwent breast reduction surgery. Later, she stated that she did it to play better; as it was causing her discomfort. She stated that the surgery helped her be quick and agile, and helped her in quick reflexes during a match. She considers it her biggest sacrifice.
In 2010, she participated in tournaments such as the Australian Open, Barcelona Ladies Open, French Open, the WTA Tour, and the US Open. She did not win any of them, but, she reached the finals of the French Open; which was her first Grand Slam tournament. In 2011, she took part in tournaments such as the ASB Classic, the Australian Open, Estoril Open, the Wimbledon Champions, the BCR Open Romania Ladies, Rogers Cup, the US Open, and the BGL Luxembourg Open-Singles. She only reached the second and third rounds of these tournaments.
In 2012, Simona lost in the first round of the Australian Open, the third round of the Indian Wells Masters and Miami Masters, the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open, semifinals of the Fes Cup, and semi-finals of the French Open. 2013 was the turning point of Halep’s career. She participated in the Italian Open and defeated the world No 4 and the former world No 1 players. She was eventually defeated by Serena Williams, but her performances helped her get ranked in the Top 50; world No 47. She went on to win the Nürnberger Versicherungscup and the Topshelf Open. She became the first Romanian to win two consecutive titles on different surfaces. She won the New Haven Open, which led her to be in the Top 20; she was ranked world No 19. In October 2013, she won the Kremlin Cup. It led her to become the only player in 2013 to win titles on clay, grass, hard, and indoor courts. In November 2013, she won her sixth title at the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament of Champions. It made her the world No 11, and the only player after Steffi Graf to win 6 WTA titles in one year.
In 2014, at the Australian Open, she reached the quarterfinals for the first time in a Grand Slam event. She lost the quarterfinals, but, reached the Top 10 in WTA rankings. She became the third Romanian woman to reach the Top 10. On 16 February, she won the Qatar Open and rose to world No 5 after the win. Halep had to withdraw from the 2014 Italian Open due to injuries. In June 2014, she participated in the French Open and reached the finals. Simona is the only player after Martina Hingis to reach the final of a Grand Slam event without losing a single set. However, she lost in the finals to Maria Sharapova.
She participated in the 2014 Western & Southern Open, the US Open, and the WTA Finals but, was ousted from the tournaments in the quarterfinals, the third round, and the finals respectively. In the second round of the WTA Finals, she amazed everyone by defeating the defending champion, Serena Williams. She reached the finals but lost to Serena Williams.
In 2015, she won the Shenzhen Open and the Dubai open. In March 2015, while she was in the Indian Wells Masters, she received the news of her cousin, Nicia Arghit, committing suicide. She was very disturbed, but, she did not quit the tournament. She eventually won the title and dedicated it to her cousin. She was one of the favourites in the 2015 French Open, but she lost in the second round. In the 2015 Rogers Cup, she reached the finals, but during the match, she had a leg injury and due to the extreme heat, she had to withdraw. She ended the year with her best ranking of world No 2 and her best career performance of 40 wins and 10 defeats.
In 2016, Halep did not participate in a few tournaments due to injuries. She then participated in the Madrid Open and won. It helped her get back on the top 5 of the WTA rankings. She won the 2016 Rogers Cup and reached the doubles finals with her partner Monica Niculescu. In 2017, she was forced to withdraw from the St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy and the Romanian Fed Cup due to a foot injury. In 2017, she became the seventh player to reach the world No 1 ranking without winning a Grand Slam Tournament in a year.
In 2018, she won her first doubles title with her partner Irina-Camelia Begu in the Shenzhen Open. She won the 2018 French Open, after appearing for 2 French Open finals in her previous performances. She played other tournaments but did not perform well. She ended up with the world No 1 ranking for the second year in a row.
She started her 2019 season without a coach. Her previous coach, Darren Cahill, her coach for the past 3 years, took a year-long break from coaching to focus on his family. She eventually teamed up with Daniel Dobre as her coach. In 2019, she took part in the Sydney Open, Australia Open, Qatar Open, Indian Wells Masters, Miami Open, French Open, and the Eastbourne International, but lost in all of them. In 2019, she reached her first Wimbledon final and had to face the seven-time champion, Serena Williams. Simona dominated the game, with a score of 6-2, 6-2 and only made 3 unforced errors. The match was over in 56 minutes, and she won her first Wimbledon title. Simona Halep is the first Romanian player to win at Wimbledon.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- ESPN Center Court’s Most Improved Player in 2013
- Women’s Tennis Association’s Most Popular Player of the Year Award in 2013
- Most clicked player on WTATennis.com in 2014 and 2015
- Cetățean de Onoare (Honorary Citizen) Honour in 2018 by the city of Bucharest, Romania
- WTA’s Most Improved Player of the Year Award for the year 2013
- WTA’s Player of the Year Award in 2018
- ITF World Champion for the year 2018
Simona Halep Signature
Favourite Tennis Players: Justine Henin, Andrei Pavel, and Roger Federer
Favourite Food: Singaporean Chicken Rice
Favourite Place: Paris
Favourite Workout: Yoga
$25 million (as in 2019)
Simona Halep owns a Mercedes AMG C 63S Cabriolet, a Mercedes GLE 450 AMG, a Mercedes CLS AMG, a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS (which she won in the WTA Finals), and a Range Rover.
- Simona’s hometown is in Constanța in Romania, but she moved to Romania’s capital city, Bucharest, at the age of 16 to focus on her training.
- Simona exercises every day and is very strict regarding it. She states that a minimum of 1 hour of exercise is a must for her, but, she never lifts weights, as she does not want her body to get bulky.
- Once in an interview, she stated that she grew up idolizing Justine Henin and Andrei Pavel. Although Roger Federer is one of her favourites, he is not her idol.
- In an interview, she stated that she is a very shy person. She calls herself an introvert. She used to hate being in front of people, and she used to warm up alone before a match or training; as she did not want people to see her.
- She feels that if she was taller, she would have been a better player. She considers herself short for the game of tennis. Simona Halep is the shortest player to win the Wimbledon title.
- Simona is managed by Virginia Ruzici. Virginia is also a former Romanian tennis player, and she is the only other Romanian to win the French Open.
- Even though Simona has been playing for a long time, and she has reached the finals of major tournaments 17 times, she has won only two Grand Slam titles in her career.
- Simona was not very comfortable playing on grass courts; as Romania had only clay courts and she did not have any experience. When she started practising on grass courts before tournaments, she often used to fall and injure herself.
- Simona likes playing golf and football in her free time. She also loves to ice-skate.
- She is an animal lover, and she often visits places where she can be around and interact with animals.
- Once in an interview, she was asked whether staying away for tournaments has affected her family. She replied that earlier she used to rush back home whenever she got the time. She jokingly added that she is not that important in her home anymore since her niece was born, and she loves spending time with her whenever she’s home.