#Simona Halep became the new #world number 1 after her 6-2 6-4 win over Jelena Ostapenko in the semifinals of the tournament from Beijing. The victory meant Halep will take the throne from Garbine Muguruza starting from Monday, October 9th. It was also a well-deserved revenge by the Romanian player over the young Latvian who stole the show at Roland Garros and defeated Halep in the final after an amazing comeback. Halep's season was full of success but disappointment was also a key factor. Simona fought all throughout the season to win trophies and achieve her childhood dream: the top spot in World rankings.

Consistency - the key to success

What started as a dream in 2008 when Simona Halep won the Junior competition at Roland Garros, became reality nine years after being acknowledged as one of the most promising tennis players to come.

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In 2014, she entered the Top 10 and she never looked back as the official website of WTA named her the most consistent player in the last three years. And, as we know, consistency is the key to glory in a sport like tennis where results depend on your capacity to regroup after 10 months of training, matches and global travelling. For Halep, this has been a rollercoaster year which started with injuries and an early defeat at Australian Open. After an argument with Darren Cahill after the loss against Johanna Konta in Miami, Simona Halep decided to change her mentality and her tactics.

The clay season was the beginning of her ascendancy to World Number 1 as she reached the semifinal at the Stuttgart tournament.

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She won the Premier Mandatory tournament from Madrid and lost against Svitolina in Rome, after an injury to her ankle weakened her gameplay. On the way to the Roland Garros final, Halep made an amazing comeback in the quarter-final against Elina Svitolina and defeated Karolina Pliskova in a three-set thriller. The first disappointment came after leading Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 3-0 in the final and losing dramatically in three sets.

The second chance to become world number one was at Wimbledon when Simona lost to the home favourite, Johanna Konta. It wasn't meant to be even after Cincinnati, as Garbine Muguruza defeated the Romanian in two quick sets. The American tour ended with another defeat at arch-rival Maria Sharapova, as the Russian won in three sets in the first round of the US Open. The ladies' queen throne remained untouchable for Halep after months of hard work and fight.

Revenge after French Open agony

WTA Beijing was set to be her chance to achieve her childhood dream. And it all happened in the most Hollywood fashion possible.

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A blockbuster third round clash with Maria Sharapova promised fireworks and hot-shots. Simona Halep finally got her win against the Russian, after seven consecutive defeats. And she did it in style with a convincing 6-2 6-2 victory. After Svitolina was defeated in the quarterfinals, it was all down to Simona to beat her Roland Garros nemesis, Jelena Ostapenko. Halep managed to change her tactics, adopting a balanced game, with offensive shots down the line dominating the match.

Ostapenko was clearly upset by the precision of Halep's shots and the Latvian had a poor 45 percent first serve percentage. The Romanian made only one double fault and hit five aces all throughout the match. By converting four out of eight break point chances, Halep made a solid match as her serve was the key to the inconsistency of Ostapenko's shots. Moreover, by losing only one service game in two sets, Simona showed why she deserves to be world number one.

Halep hit a decisive forehand down the line after 77 minutes and the 6-2 6-4 win brought double joy for the tennis player. She got the revenge over Ostapenko after losing a golden chance to win the Roland Garros in June. On top of that, the Holy Grail. A dream came true on October 7th as the Romanian player made history and became the 25th World No.1, as WTATennis.com highlights.

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