Simona Halep’s 7-Year-Old Streak Snapped After Injury-Plagued Season

Published 11/22/2021, 12:30 PM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Simona Halep of Romania appears dejected during her Ladies’ Singles second round match against Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)


As the WTA tour ended its 2021 season, they released the official year-end rankings. The top-10 saw notable absentees from the women’s circuit, including the likes of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka. Another player who lost her place in the top-10 is the Romanian, Simona Halep.

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From a young player starting out 11 years ago to becoming a 22-time WTA champion, Halep has had quite the journey. Through her years on the court, Halep also won two Grand Slam titles. She lifted the trophy for the French Open in 2018 and Wimbledon the next year.

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Simona Halep finishes 2021 as the World No. 20

Halep, over the course of her decorated career, saw many names come and go in the top 10. However, it was her name that remained a staple in the WTA top 10 rankings. Her year-end World No. 20 finish is her first outside the top-10 after seven consecutive years.

Sep 1, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Simona Halep of Romania reacts after beating Kristina Kucova of Slovakia (not pictured) on day three of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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This year, it was her calf injury in May that saw her miss two grand slams and the Tokyo Olympics. The world number 3 at the time, Simona missed out on several tournaments. Her injury and the subsequent recovery period had been the most difficult thing she had to endure.

“I’m really proud that I was able to stay so long in the top 10. Unfortunately, the injury got me out because I was not able to play for three months. But I’m not sad, upset, disappointed. I just take it as a new challenge,” she remarked in August after she dropped out of the top 10. Halep had remarkably spent 373 consecutive weeks in the top-10 before her injury.

After returning from injury, Halep did well to reach the Round of 16 at the US Open. She also reached the final of the Transylvania Open on her own turf in Romania. We hope that she has a successful 2022 season and claims her spot in the top-10 again.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, Samarveer admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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