Simona Halep becomes first Romanian World No 1, David Goffin moves into top 10 in latest ATP rankings

Paris: Romanian Simona Halep's run to the final of the China Open, which she lost to France's Caroline Garcia, saw her take over at the top of the latest WTA rankings.

Simona Halep of Romania hugs a floral bouquet in the shape of the number one after beating Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in their women's singles semifinal in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Halep achieved the women's world #1 ranking with the victory. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Simona Halep hugs a floral bouquet in the shape of the number one after beating Jelena Ostapenko in China Open semis. AP

The 26-year-old Halep becomes the first Romanian woman to be ranked World No 1. She succeeds Spain's Garbine Muguruza, now in second.

Garcia climbed six spots from No 15 to No 9 after winning back-to-back titles at Wuhan and Beijing.

David Goffin's victory in the Japan Open over the weekend saw the Belgian move into the top 10 of ATP rankings released on Monday.

Goffin, up one place to 10th, is well placed for the season-ending ATP finals in London in November, his Tokyo title seeing him jump into eighth spot.

Rafael Nadal consolidated his position at the top by producing a ruthless performance to thrash Australian Nick Kyrgios at China Open on Sunday for his 75th career singles title.


Updated Date: Oct 09, 2017 16:04 PM

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