She became the tenth player in the history of the “Women’s Tennis Association” rankings after holding the world no. 1 position for 64 weeks.
She has 20 WTA singles victories to her credit, including two Grand Slam singles wins at the 2018 French Open and her historic victory against Serena Williams in the 2019 Wimbledon final.
|Real Name||Simona Halep|
|Date of Birth||27 September 1991|
|Age [as of 2021]||29 years|
|School||• Scoala Gimnaziala Nr.30 Gheorghe Titeica
• Liceul Cu Program Sportiv Nicolae Rotaru (Sports School)
|Collage/University||Universitatea „Ovidius” din, Constanţa, Romania.|
|Hobbies||Ice Skating, Football, and Golf|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet inches- 5'6"
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 60 kg
in pounds- 132 lbs
|Eye Colour||Moss green|
|Awards & Achievements||• Winning the 2019 Wimbledon
• WTA's Player of the Year Award(2018)
• ITF World Champion for the year(2018)
• Cetățean de Onoare (Honorary Citizen) Award (2018)
• WTA Award for Most Popular Player of the Year (2015)
• WTA's Most Improved Player of the Year Award (2013)
|Relationships & Affairs|
|Parents||Father- Stere Halep
Mother- Tania Halep
|Siblings||Brother- Nicolae Halep [Elder]|
|Favourite/Likes & Dislikes|
|Favourite Food||Singaporean Chicken Rice|
|Net Worth [approx.]||$25 million|
Early Life & Education
She attended the “Scoala Gimnaziala Nr.30 Gheorghe Titeica” school in Constanta, Romania, for her education. She studied in the Liceul Cu Program Sportive Nicolae Rotaru (sports school) in Constanta, Romania, at the same time.
For her undergraduate degree, she studied at the Universitatea Ovidius din in Constanta, Romania. Her educational background is a Bachelor’s degree.
Since she was four years old, Simona has been playing tennis. Her brother encouraged her to take up tennis, and she began playing regularly at the age of six.
At the age of six, she began training with Ioan Stan, a local instructor. Corneliu Idu, Constanta’s most prestigious tennis club owner, supported her as a youngster.
At the age of sixteen, she left home to pursue better training and possibilities in Bucharest. She has won several accolades and titles throughout her younger career.
Simona Halep’s Family
She was born in the Romanian city of Constanta on September 27th, 1991. Stere Halep, her father, is a football player and dairy factory owner. Tania Halep, her mother, is also involved in the family company.
Nicolae Halep, her five-and-a-half-year-old brother, was also a tennis player as a youngster. His training sessions inspired her to begin playing tennis at a young age, and both of her parents were enthusiastic supporters of her athletic endeavors.
They supported and encouraged her from a young age, and they went to great lengths to ensure she had the greatest instructors and training.
Simona began her professional career in 2008. She started her tennis career at the Notting Hill Sports Club and competed in the Australian Open Junior Tournament, although she was unsuccessful.
She managed to win her first race at the 2008 Trofeo Bonfiglio Cup in May 2008. She clinched the Roland Garros Junior Championship in June 2008.
In her youth, Halep was a world number one junior player. She began performing on the International Tennis Federation Junior circuit at the early age of 13 in 2005, and the following year she won all four ITF singles events.
In that same year, she represented Romania in the Junior Fed Cup, progressed to higher-level competitions, and won her maiden Grade-1 championship in 2007.
Her junior career came to a close in 2008, when she won her sole Junior Grand Slam championship at the French Open, being the 2nd Romanian female to clinch a junior Grand Slam singles title and the world’s top-ranked junior.
- In 2009, she won $50,000 in a tournament in Makarska and $25,000 in an ITF event in Maribor, and she performed excellently in numerous more competitions in Minsk, Belarus, and Opole, Poland. This was her first appearance in the top 200 WTA rankings.
- She reached the third round of the Australian Open in 2011 when she claimed her maiden career grand slam match but lost. Later that year, she won a match in the first round of the French Open, advanced to the 2nd round at Wimbledon, and qualified for the Rogers Cup. That year, she won her first top 10 match against Li Na at the US Open and rose to 47th globally.
- 2013 was a watershed moment for her. At the Italian Opens, she reached the semifinals. She dominated lower-level tournaments, winning six WTA championships, including the Nuremberg Cup, Rosmalen Grasscourt Championship, Budapest Grand Prix, New Haven Open, Kremlin Cup, etc. before going on to win the US Opens. She qualified for the WTA Tournament for Champions after the year and won it. After winning her sixth WTA championship, she completed the year as the “WTA most improved player of the year” after winning her sixth WTA championship.
- In 2014, Halep made her first appearance in the top ten of the WTA rankings by reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. She ascended to No. 5 in the world after winning the “Indian Wells Open,” She also reached the finals of the Madrid Open and the French Open, moving her up to No. 3 with these two runner-up finishes. She defeated world number one Serena Williams to qualify for the WTA tour finals for the first time. She eventually beat him in the finals, and he finished the year as the third-best player in the world.
- She clinched the Shenzhen Open and the Dubai Open in 2015. Then there’s the Indian Wells Open. She made it to the finals of the 2015 Rogers Cup but had to retire due to a leg injury. Halep had her highest Grand Slam result of the year at the US Open. Finishing the year as the world’s number two.
- She won the Madrid Open to return to the top five of the WTA rankings, then won the Bucharest Open and the Canadian Open back to back. She finished the year as No. 4 after losses in the Wuhan Open and the Cincinnati Open.
- After a difficult start in 2017, she rebounded in 2017 by reaching the Miami Open, Madrid Open, Italian Open, and French Open quarterfinals. Later in the year, she achieved good performances at the Canadian Open, US Open, and China Open, cementing her place as world number one. She was also the first Romanian to reach the top and the eighth player to do it without winning a Grand Slam.
- At the Shenzhen Open in 2018, she won her maiden doubles title. She lost a few events but rebounded by reaching the Canadian Open and the Cincinnati Open finals. Halep won her maiden Grand Slam victory at the French Open. She had become the sixth player in French Open history to win both the girls’ and women’s singles titles.
- In 2019, she competed in the Sydney Open, Australia Open, Qatar Open, Indian Wells, Miami Open, French Open, and Eastbound International after recovering from many ailments; however, she lost all matches. Halep reached the 2019 Wimbledon Finals as an opponent facing Serena Williams but won the tournament in just 56 minutes. She was also the first Romanian to win a singles title at Wimbledon and climbed to world number four.
- In 2020, Halep reached the Australian Open semifinals and the Adelaide event’s quarterfinals. Later, in Dubai, she won her 20th WTA championship.
Relationship, Boyfriend, and Affairs
Simona is currently unmarried but she is in a relationship with Toni Iuruc, is a Romanian Businessman and Investor.
Simona’s height is 168 cm (5’06”), her weight is around 60 kg, her body dimensions are 34-28-36, and her hair is medium ash blonde with moss green eyes.
She is one of the highest-earning tennis players. According to some sources, her net worth is almost $25 million as of 2019.
Awards & Archivements
- 2013 WTA Most Improved Player Award
- 2014 WTA Most Popular Player Award
- 2015 WTA Most Popular Player Award
- 2017 WTA Fans’ Choice Singles Player of the Year
- 2018 WTA Fans’ Choice Singles Player of the Year
- Recipient of the Romanian Patriarchal Cross and the Romanian Order of the Star.
- In 2018, the city of Bucharest, Romania honored her as a Cetacean de OneCare (Honorary Citizen).
- 2018 WTA Player of the Year
- 2018 ITF World Champion Award
- 2019 WTA Fans’ Choice Singles Player of the Year
- In 2019, she was named one of ESPN’s 20 most dominating players of the year.