Simona Halep earns second successive year-end top ranking

Simona Halep

Simona Halep

"I was very focused on what I have to do on court, I was working hard every day, I was very motivated all the year, I did not let the time fly just without putting my work into the game", she said.

"Finishing the season as the world number one a year ago was a huge honour for me", Halep said in a WTA news release.

Spain's Rafael Nadal continues to remain at the top in the men's singles ranking while Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina and Germany's Alexander Zverev are placed at number three and five, respectively.

While Stephens, Pliskova and Bertens are all playing in Moscow this week, Svitolina is taking the week off, which means that she can not move in front of the No. 6-placed Stephens. "It makes me proud". She has been at the top of the rankings for almost the entire year even though her results suffered as the season wore on.

"Finishing the season as the world No. 1 a year ago was a huge honour for me", Halep said in a WTA news release. But she announced at the start of this month that she had an MRI exam after retiring from her first-round match at the China Open and the herniated disk problem was found.

"I hope first to be able to play here [in Moscow] because.I have already 3-4 days getting ready for this tournament", Halep told USA Today.

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The WTA Finals will see the world's best players vie for a total prize money of US$7 million ($9.65 million) and two of the most prestigious titles in women's tennis.

She also gave a short update on her fitness following the back trouble that forced her out of competition in Beijing, saying: "I'm doing physio to try to make [my back] stronger, but I haven't practiced 100 per cent yet. I'm looking forward to meeting the awesome fans in Singapore, exploring the city, and competing against the best players of the season", Stephens was quoted by the WTA website as saying. "So I don't know now, but for sure I will take a decision for my health first".

The world No 1 said recent weeks had been "very stressful" because of the injury.

She said her phenomenal success was the result of her daily hard work.

Halep in the updated world rankings broke away from her nearest competitor Caroline Wozniacki on 960 points.

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