Born: 09.27.1991 | Constanta, Romania
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Weight: 132 lbs. (60 kg)
Plays: Right-handed, Two-handed backhand
Turned Pro: 2006
Halep first broke into the world's top 50 at the end of 2012, and reached the top 20 in 2013, the top 10 in 2014 and finally the number 1 ranking on October 9th, 2017. She won her first 6 WTA titles in 2013 (a feat that was last achieved by Steffi Graf in 1986 when she won her first 7), being named the WTA's Most Improved Player at its end. Halep reached the 2014 French Open final, her first Grand Slam final, where she played against Maria Sharapova, losing in three sets. She also reached the final of the WTA Finals the same year, losing to Serena Williams in straight sets after having defeated her earlier in the tournament. Halep has still not one a Grand Slam but is looking to change that.
Simona Halep has self-described her playing style as being "an aggressive baseliner" and "she models her game on Justine Henin". Henin herself said the following about Halep: "She has an intelligent game. There is a little something that reminds me of myself... it is offensive and aggressive."
Like Djokovic she has a talent for hitting winners from defensive positions. She is a defensive aggressor. After Halep finished runner-up in her first Grand Slam final against powerful hitter Maria Sharapova in Roland Garros in 2014, Halep has learned to have lovely fluidity of movement and superb balance that enables her to comfortably trade with more powerful players.
In terms of tennis strategy Halep is an aggressive counterpuncher. Her very fit body and athleticism provide her with very good all-court movement and she tends to make few errors; she also uses this agility to reach the ball earlier because of her wide back swings and sliding. At the same time, she likes to control the rally and can hit very effective cross-court and down-the-line flat shots, generally producing winners.