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Serena has lost 'intimidation' factor, says Halep

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:59 AM

'I'm very sure that was the best match of my life,' says Simona Halep after dumping Serena Williams to capture the Wimbledon women's crown

NO FEAR. Romanian Simona Halep (right) says she just focused on herself during her title duel against American star Serena Williams. Photos by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Halep thwarts Serena history bid with Wimbledon final triumph

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Former world No. 1 Simona Halep shatters Serena Williams' latest bid to capture a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam

SENSATIONAL. Simona Halep bags her second career major, saying she had ‘never played better.’  Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Record in sight: Serena to face Halep in Wimbledon final

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:25 AM

Only Simona Halep stands in the way between Serena Williams and her goal of equaling Margaret Court's Grand Slam title record

UPPER HAND. Serena Williams holds a 9-1 career lead over Simona Halep. Photo by Hannah McKay/AFP

Osaka clings to top spot as Halep cuts gap in world rankings

May 13, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The Japanese star will stay at the summit for at least another week as the Romanian misses the chance to reclaim the throne

SUMMIT. Naomi Osaka keeps her spot at the top of the world rankings. File photo by Greg Wood/AFP


Halep closes on world No. 1 Osaka

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:43 PM

Simona Halep's 2019 Miami Open semis berth cuts the gap between her and Naomi Osaka

CLOSE NO.2. Simona Halep is currently WTA's World No. 2. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Serena muscles past top seed Halep into Australian Open quarters

Jan 21, 2019 - 7:17 PM

'She's the No. 1 player in the world and there's a reason why... but I'm such a fighter, I just never give up,' says Serena Williams

HALF A CENTURY. Serena Williams makes it to her 50th Grand Slam quarterfinal after knocking out Simona Halep. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Top seed Halep eclipses Venus to set up Serena clash

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:09 PM

Simona Halep powers past her 38-year-old opponent to face her sister in the last 16

PERSONAL BEST. Simona Halep finishes off Venus in one hour and 17 minutes to post her best performance in the tournament. Photo by Australian Open Twitter

Osaka romps as Halep and Raonic battle through Open epics

Jan 17, 2019 - 7:27 PM

World No. 1 Simona Halep staggers through as Japanese pair Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori survive on a day of epic battles in the Australian Open

SWEEP. Naomi Osaka hits a return against Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek in the Australian Open duel the Japanese star won in straight sets. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Djokovic, Halep top seeds at Australian Open

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:56 AM

World No. 1 players Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep face a stern challenge in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year

Angelique Kerber 2nd to Simona Halep in WTA rankings

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:38 PM

The German improves to her highest ranking since July 2017

CLOSING IN. Angelique Kerber lurks behind world No. 1 Simona Halep. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP


Simona Halep secures second year-end No. 1 ranking

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The Romanian star spent 40 weeks at No. 1 in 2018, a season that saw her win 3 titles and a tour-leading 6 finals appearances

NO. 1. Simona Halep remains at the top of the world women's rankings. Thomas Samson/AFP


No drama, just a bad day: Top-ranked Simona Halep crashes out

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:57 AM

Simona Halep becomes the first top-seeded woman ever to lose in the first round of the US Open

ONE AND DONE. Simona Halep says she didn’t feel ‘strong on the court.’ Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Open era first: No top 5 in Wimbledon women’s last 16

Jul 08, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The exodus of top seeds continues as Taiwan's Hsieh stuns world number one Simona Halep

SHOCKER. Romania's Simona Halep says she displayed 'unprofessional attitude' after crashing out against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Thrilling fightback gives Halep first Grand Slam title

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:58 PM

The world number one rallies from a set down to clip American Sloane Stephens and rule the French Open

BREAKTHROUGH. Romania's Simona Halep finally picks up a crown after 3 major finals heartbreak. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

French Open 2018: Muguruza dumps Sharapova to reach semis

Jun 07, 2018 - 1:36 AM

The former champion sends Maria Sharapova crashing to her worst Grand Slam loss in 6 years

IN CONTROL. Spain's Garbine Muguruza has yet to drop a set in the tournament. Photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

French Open 2018: Djokovic reaches 3rd round, Zverev survives

May 31, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Women's world number one Simona Halep also fights back after a disastrous start in her first-round match

COMEBACK. Serbia's Novak Djokovic hopes to rediscover his champion form after returning from an elbow injury. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Questions and comebacks in the French Open 2018 women's singles

May 26, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka compete in a Grand Slam together for the first time since the 2016 Australian Open

SEEDED. Russia's Maria Sharapova gets seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since testing positive for a banned substance over two years ago. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Svitolina lays down French Open marker in Rome

May 20, 2018 - 8:57 PM

Just a week before the French Open, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina stuns top-ranked Simona Halep to repeat as Italian Open champion

WINNING STREAK. Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, who won her last 8 finals, now stands as favorite in Roland Garros. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Halep downs Sharapova, sets Rome final rematch vs Svitolina

May 20, 2018 - 9:32 AM

The Romanian world number one fights back from a set down to win only her second match against the Russian tennis star

STILL ON TOP. After booking a title berth, Simona Halep gets to keep the top spot in the world rankings. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Emotional Wozniacki wins first Grand Slam title at Australian Open

Jan 27, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Wozniacki overtakes Halep as world number one

FIRST GRAND SLAM TITLE. Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki celebrates with the championship trophy during the awards ceremony after her victory against Romania's Simona Halep in the women's singles final. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Halep battles into Aussie Open final with Wozniacki

Jan 25, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Simona Halep sets up a finals match against Caroline Wozniacki

FINALS. Simona Halep defeats former world number one Angelique Kerber and is now in the 2018 Australian Open Finals. File Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Halep batters Pliskova to set up Kerber semi-final

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Halep will be facing former world number one Kerber in the semi-finals

SEMIS. Simona Halep gets past Karolina Pliskova in straight sets to set up a semis match with former world no. 1 Angelique Kerber. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Struggling Djokovic out, Federer into quarters

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:37 PM

Simona Halep makes it to the last 8 in straight sets over Osaka

SHOCKER. Novak Djokovic surrenders to South Korean Chung Hyeon while Roger Federer breezes to the quarter-finals. Photos by William West/AFP

Halep survives 3-hour duel to join Pliskova in last 16

Jan 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Simona Halep prevents exit from the Australian Open to join Pliskova and Garcia is the last 16

3 HR 44 MIN. Simona Halep finishes the tiring 3-set match, 15-13, over Lauren Davis. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Halep, Wozniacki lead race to seize Serena's Aussie crown

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Defending champion Serena Williams' withdrawal from the competition leaves others aspiring for the Grand Slam Title

FILLING IN SERENA'S SHOES. Halep and Wozniacki hope to seize Serena's title in the upcoming Australian Open. Photos from Facebook

IN PHOTOS: WTA Finals: Simona Halep vs Caroline Garcia

Oct 23, 2017 - 11:42 PM

World no. 1 Simona Halep played lights-out tennis to end Caroline Garcia's 11-match winning streak

Dream comes true as tearful Halep powers to number one ranking

Oct 07, 2017 - 7:53 PM

Simona Halep is number one for the first time, and can top her stay in China off with a title win

BEST DAY. Simona Halep calls it the best day of her life as she surged to number one in the world for the first time. Saturday, October 7. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Sharapova says she's earning respect at US Open

Aug 31, 2017 - 5:38 PM

Sharapova feels her play so far has justified her wild card entry into the US Open

ADVANCING. "I definitely feel the respect from the athletes," Sharapova says. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

Maria Sharapova reintroduces herself at US Open

Aug 30, 2017 - 4:02 AM

Maria Sharapova faces Hungary s Timea Babos in the second round of the year s final Grand Slam

BACK IN GRAND FASHION. Maria Sharapova showed she was still among the best players when she ousted second seed Simona Halep in her opening match. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Muguruza routs would-be No. 1 Halep for Cincy title

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:14 PM

Czech Karolina Pliskova a semi final loser to Muguruza will remain world number one by a 5 point margin over Halep

Halep advances in quest to win title, takes top spot

Aug 18, 2017 - 2:09 PM

To be number one in the world I think is a big thing says Simona Halep

Ostapenko believes 'anything is possible' after French Open win

Jun 11, 2017 - 1:17 PM

The 20 year old Jelena Ostapenko is the first unseeded player to win Roland Garros since 1933

Ostapenko makes history with stunning French Open triumph

Jun 11, 2017 - 2:43 AM

Latvia s Jelena Ostapenko becomes the lowest ranked player to win a French Open title and the first unseeded player to win at Roland Garros

HISTORY. "I have no words. It was my dream," said Jelena Ostapenko, who will rocket to the 12th ranking after the win. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Halep, Ostapenko eye French Open title

Jun 10, 2017 - 12:27 PM

Simona Halep aims to be the world number one while Jelena Ostapenko dreams of becoming the lowest ranked champion in tournament history

UNDERDOG. Jelena Ostapenko, world number 47, is the first Latvian to reach a Slam final. World number 4 Simona Halep says she's a favorite after finishing as a runner-up in Rome. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Djokovic crushes Thiem to secure Zverev Rome final

May 21, 2017 - 11:15 AM

Everything that I intended to do I have done it and even more Novak Djokovic says of his match against Dominic Thiem

Brilliant Thiem ends Nadal winning streak in Rome

May 20, 2017 - 10:45 AM

Dominic Thiem will now meet the winner of the quarter final clash between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro

WINNER. After defeating the 4th seeded Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem now has a 17-3 record on clay this year. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

5 women to watch at the 2017 Australian Open

Jan 11, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Here are 5 women who could challenge the favored Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams

WATCH OUT. Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, seen here against Alison Riske of the US during their quarterfinal match at the WTA Shenzhen Open on January 5, 2017, is one of 5 women to watch closely at the Australian Open. STR / AFP

Serena holds off Halep to reach US Open semi-finals

Sep 08, 2016 - 1:11 PM

Williams fired 18 aces in her victory which leads to a semi final match against Karolina Pliskova

Halep beats Cibulkova to win Madrid Open

May 08, 2016 - 2:20 AM

Simona Halep gets a ratings boost two weeks ahead of the French Open

MADRID WIN. Romanian tennis player Simona Halep sealed her first title in 14 months with a straight sets victory against Dominika Cibulkova at the Madrid Open. Photo by Chema Moya/EPA

Sharapova, Halep pull out of Brisbane International

Jan 05, 2016 - 3:20 PM

World number 4 Maria Sharapova and top seed Simona Halep withdraw from the competition due to injuries

BACK OUT. Maria Sharapova, seen here in the Tennis Fed Cup Final last November, backs out of Brisbane International due to an injury. File Photo by FILIP SINGER/EPA

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Apr 30, 2015 - 12:41 PM

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Sharapova, Wawrinka reach US Open third round

Aug 28, 2014 - 2:11 PM

The exits of Steve Johnson and Ryan Harrison means just three American men reached the second round – the fewest in US Open history

Maria Sharapova hits a return to Alexandra Dulgheru during the third day of the 2014 US Open Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 27 August 2014. Peter Foley/EPA

Maria Sharapova wins French Open in second longest final

Jun 08, 2014 - 12:36 AM

Maria Sharapova won her second French Open and fifth career major on Saturday over Romania s Simona Halep in the second longest final in tournament history

ROLLING AT ROLAND. Maria Sharapova returns to Simona Halep of Romania in the women's final of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA