Simona Halep of Romania in action during the 2018 U.S. Open. Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

PARIS – Simona Halep has secured the year-end number one ranking in the WTA standings for the second year running.

The Romanian spent 40 weeks at No. 1 in 2018, a season that saw her win three titles from a tour-leading six final appearances, amassing a 46-11 win-loss record.

This year Halep has won the Shenzhen Open, the Rogers Cup and her debut Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros.

In addition, she reached the title match at the Australian Open, in Rome and Cincinnati.

“Finishing the season as the WTA World No.1 last year was a huge honour for me,” said Halep.

“To do it for a second time in 2018 feels like a special achievement, especially having also won my first Grand Slam this year. To be able to see my name again alongside the other legends who have achieved the year-end No.1 ranking makes me very proud.”

Simona Halep returns a shot against Aryna Sabalenka in the Western and Southern Open. Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Simona Halep returns a shot against Aryna Sabalenka in the Western and Southern Open. Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The WTA rankings as of October 15 are:

1. Simona Halep (ROM) 7421 pts
2. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 6461
3. Angelique Kerber (GER) 5400
4. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 4740
5. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 4465 (+1)
6. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 4350 (-1)
7. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 4255
8. Sloane Stephens (USA) 4022
9. Julia Görges (GER) 3785
10. Kiki Bertens (NED) 3740
11. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 3240 (+1)
12. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 3225 (+4)
13. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 3225
14. Darya Kasatkina (RUS) 3150
15. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 3145 (-4)
16. Elise Mertens (BEL) 3115 (-1)
17. Serena Williams (USA) 2976
18. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 2863
19. Madison Keys (USA) 2816
20. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 2605

Agence France-Presse (AFP)