Simona Halep finishes 2017 as World Number 1. The Romanian was consistent through out the year, but didn’t win any Slam. She took home only one title, the Madrid Masters.
Halep has been very consistent since 2014, since she first entered the top 10, spending most of the time in top 5.
This year Halep defended her Masters title from Madrid and made a second Grand Slam Final in Rolland Garros, losing to a spirited young player, Jelena Ostapenko. She also made it to the Final in Rome, Cincinnati and Beijing, falling to Svitolina, Muguruza and Garcia.
Halep also reached Semifinals in Wimbledon, Stuttgart and Toronto.
The Romanian said:
I’m very proud to end the season as the WTA World No.1.
I have worked extremely hard to be the best player I can be, and it is an honor to be in the No.1 position at the end of the year.
WTA has some questionable rules that kills the competition and end up having awkward situations. So many number ones without a Slam or a World Tour Finals.
Women’s Tennis allows the players to play only best 2 out of 3 sets, even in Slams. Also, they are allowed to be coached during the matches, in between the points. And just recently I understood that players are awarded points just for showing up at the World Tour Finals.
Simona Halep is without a doubt one of the most consistent and dominant player of the last 3 years. But she is still without a Slam or a World Tour Finals. Also, this year she only won one title.
In men’s Tennis this would never happen. Rafa Nadal played this year 3 Grand Slam Finals, winning 2. He also won 2 Masters titles and other 2. And was very consistent through out the year.