Simona Halep earns 2nd straight year-end No. 1 ranking

Tanya Simon
October 18, 2018

World number eight Sloane Stephens has qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals for the first time.

Already qualified are world number one Simona Halep, Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber, US Open victor Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki.

Halep will be presented with the trophy to mark her achievement at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Halep became the 13th player to clinch back-to-back No. 1 WTA rankings at year's end since 1975, when the classification first started.

Stephens joins Romania's Simona Halep, Germany's Angelique Kerber, Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, Japan's Naomi Osaka and the Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova who have already secured a spot in the tournament.

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"I'm looking forward to. competing against the best players of the season".

Both Pliskova and Bertens could move in front of Svitolina with good runs in Moscow, but she will qualify if either does not.

"It's really hard and I feel it every year, and I feel it more and more, to be honest". "My goal for the next years is to be better in this position, if I would be able to qualify again for the Finals".

"It's been very stressful, and I was anxious every day because I was waiting to see how I feel every morning I wake up", Halep said. So it's pretty stressful but somehow it's normal because injuries are pretty normal when you play at the highest level.

Note that Elina Svitolina has not received the wild card for one of the tournaments, so Ukrainka just forced to watch rivals, and hope for their misfires. I know it's not an easy injury.

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