Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Halep to end 2018 as world number one

Halep to end 2018 as world number one

Meanwhile, Halep will finish the year as the world No. 1 for the second season in a row, the WTA said.

This is Stephens' first-ever qualification for the year-ending Championships, and inevitably, she would feel excited about her first appearance in this tournament which only involves the top eight players in the world.

She added: "I'm doing physio to try to make [my back] stronger, but I haven't practiced 100 per cent yet".

Stephens earned her spot following a stellar season which saw her win the Miami Open in March.

Though she was on the practice court, as of Monday, her participation in both Moscow and the WTA Finals was still up in the air.

"I was a little bit more aggressive than her, and I think that's what made the difference in the first set", the 24-year-old Garcia said. "If I can't play here I'm very doubtful that I will be able to play in Singapore because it's so soon".

"So I don't know now but, for sure, I will take a decision for my health first".

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Despite the injury, Halep is still relishing in her season.

Earlier it became known that the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremsky won his first major tournament in his career.

"Finishing the season as the world No. 1 previous year was a huge honour for me", Halep said in a WTA news release.

"It's really hard and I feel it every year, and I feel it more and more, to be honest".

"My goal for the next years is to be better in this position, if I would be able to qualify again for the Finals".

Note that Elina Svitolina has not received the wild card for one of the tournaments, so Ukrainka just forced to watch rivals, and hope for their misfires.

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