Simona Halep is firmly secured atop of the latest WTA rankings. Photo: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

PARIS – Simona Halep strengthened her position as women's world number one following her latest tournament triumph, according to the WTA rankings released Monday.

The 26-year-old from Romania leads her nearest rival, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, by a margin of more than 1,000 points following her win on Sunday in Montreal.

The French Open champion beat world number three Sloane Stephens 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-4 in a gruelling 2hr 41min battle.

Simona Halep celebrates winning her match against Sloan Stephens in Montreal. Photo:  Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Simona Halep celebrates winning her match against Sloan Stephens in Montreal. Photo: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The latest WTA rankings are:

1. Simona Halep (ROM) 8061 pts
2. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 6135
3. Sloane Stephens (USA) 5727
4. Angelique Kerber (GER) 5255
5. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 4680 (+1)
6. Petra Kvitová (CZE) 4550 (+2)
7. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 4470 (-2)
8. Karolína Plíšková (CZE) 4395 (+1)
9. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 4345 (-2)
10. Julia Görges (GER) 3905
11. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 3787
12. Darya Kasatkina (RUS) 3525
13. Madison Keys (USA) 3127
14. Elise Mertens (BEL) 2960 (+1)
15. Venus Williams (USA) 2901 (-1)
16. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 2770
17. Kiki Bertens (NED) 2420 (+1)
18. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 2250 (+1)
19. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 2245 (-2)
20. Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU) 2068

Agence France-Presse (AFP)