Resurgent Simona Halep Climbs Past Maria Sharapova in an Outstanding Record After Solid Madrid Open 2022 Performance

Published 05/03/2022, 9:57 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates winning her fourth round match against Poland’s Iga Swiatek REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova are one of the greatest names in the world of tennis. The players had a sheer dedication, and they improved their performance consistently to be the top players.

In tennis, prize money rewards the winning of a match. Some legendary names are on top of this list. Maria Sharapova was in the top three. However, Simona Halep recently displaced her to be the third highest-paid tennis player.


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Maria Sharapova announced her retirement in the year 2020 and recently announced the wonderful news of her pregnancy. However, before that, she was vehemently active in the court. She had been a World No. 1 player and had won five grand slam titles.

TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 05: Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a shot against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia during a first round match on Day 3 of the Rogers Cup at Aviva Centre on August 05, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Her rivalry with yet another legendary tennis player, Serena Williams, is world-renowned. Maria Sharapova was the crowd’s favorite for her strong gameplay and this led her to win a lot of matches.


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She became the third-highest prize winner in women’s tennis. Williams’ sisters preceded her. Serena Williams leads the list, followed by Venus Williams.

Simona Halep takes over Maria Sharapova’s ranking

Simona Halep was the fourth highest-paid player, but now she has replaced Maria. This happened after her victory over the American player Coco Gauff at the Mutua Madrid Open in the round of 16. She has become the third highest-paid female tennis player with $38,842,886. The exact amount that she won after playing Gauff was $97,842. Sharapova now has $38,777,962.


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Serena leads with the amount $94,518,971, followed by her sister $42,280,540. Halep will now face Ons Jabeur in the quarter-finals. She has joined hands with the former long-term coach of Serena Williams, Patrick Mouratoglou. The partnership is proving fruitful for the Romanian player till now.

Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 24, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during her semi final match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat

The 30-year-old had a rough year in 2021. Her injuries hampered her because of which her rankings also dropped. She stands to be the World No. 21 player right now, but after seeing her performance, we can hope for her to be at the top of the list again.


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Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.