Simona Halep Drops Out of Top 10 for the First Time In 7 Years

Published 08/09/2021, 7:13 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep before her second round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic REUTERS/Kelly Defina


The new WTA rankings are out and one can see some quite remarkable changes in the list of the top 20 players ahead of the upcoming hard-court season. The biggest change is that of two-time Grand Slam champion, Simona Halep, who, after, missing tennis for about three months, is no longer on the list of the top 10 players.

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Halep was the World No.3 player when she decided to withdraw from the French Open 2021. She didn’t compete at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 either, and as a result, failed to defend her title. The Romanian player pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 as well, stating that she was not fully fit.

Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 1, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during her match against Russia’s Anastasia Potapova REUTERS/Loren Elliott

This three-month-long break from the sport is the reason that Halep is no longer a part of the top 10 WTA players. Intriguingly, it is the first time since January 27, 2014, that the Romanian player has fallen out of the top-10 list of WTA players. She is currently World No.13 in the WTA rankings with 3,925 points.

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However, there is some positive news for Halep’s fans as she will be making a comeback at the National Bank Open 2021. She has already won the tournament two times and will be eyeing to win it yet again this year.

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Barbora Krejcikova shocked almost everyone when she won the French Open 2021 title. In addition to that, she recently bagged a Gold medal in the doubles category along with her partner, Katerina Siniakova, at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. She is having an amazing season this year and thus, has received some positive news from the WTA as well.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 12, 2021. Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova celebrates with the trophy after winning the final match against Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

According to the new rankings, Krejcikova is the new World No.10 player with 4,113 points. It is for the first time that she has entered the top 10 WTA rankings and her fans are proud of her.

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Interestingly, she has just 4% points to defend in the remaining of the 2021 tennis season. Therefore, she can easily finish much higher in the WTA rankings by the end of the year if she continues to play well. Will she be able to succeed at the US Open 2021?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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