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Halep earns second successive top ranking

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Romania’s Simona Halep beat Sloane Stephens at Roland Garros. Xinhua

LONDON (Reuters) – French Open champion Simona Halep will finish the year as women’s world number one for the second season in a row, the WTA said on Monday.

The 27-year-old Romanian beat Sloane Stephens at Roland Garros to win her maiden Grand Slam title in June and will have spent 40 weeks at the top of the rankings by the end of the season.

“Finishing the season as the world number one last year was a huge honour for me,” Halep said in a WTA news release.

“To do it for a second time in 2018 feels like a special achievement, especially having also won my first Grand Slam this year.”

Halep was scheduled to play in Moscow this week before rounding out her season at the WTA Finals in Singapore but suffered a herniated disk in her back earlier this month casting doubt on her participation in both events.

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