Simona Halep new world No 1 after win over Jelena Ostapenko

7 October 2017, 12:42

Simona Halep will take over as the new No 1 in the WTA world rankings after reaching the China Open final with a straigh- sets win over Jelena Ostapenko.

The 26-year-old avenged this year's French Open final defeat to the hard-hitting Ostapenko with a ruthless display of all-round tennis that saw her win 6-2 6-4 in just over an hour in Beijing.

Halep takes over the top spot from Spaniard Garbine Muguruza and will become the first Romanian to head the rankings when the updated standings are released on Monday.

"It's very emotional, I think it's the first time I cried on court," Halep said in her post-match interview.

"It's amazing that I could do this. My team, everyone at home... is watching, and I want to thank everyone.

"For sure it's the best day in my life. The dream is true now.

"And all the work that I had during this year, everything, every challenge and every desire. I'm really happy that I could do this. It's a magic day for me. I just want to enjoy it to the maximum."

Sky Sports Tennis will have all the action from the ATP China Open, Japan Open and Shanghai Masters before the action heads to Paris.

The Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan and season-ending extravaganza World Tour Finals at London's O2 in November end another memorable year which will covered via our website with live blogs and updates as the season reaches its climax.

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