Now for a first Grand Slam, says new number one Halep

Halep snatches top spot in WTA rankings

Halep snatches top spot in WTA rankings

The tournament in Beijing has already seen Halep register a first career victory over Russian Maria Sharapova, and the second seed now has an opportunity to level her head-to-head with Jelena Ostapenko, who beat her in this year's French Open final. Halep, thus, replaces Garbine Muguruza at the top of the rankings which will be updated on Monday.

Halep, who previous year was defeated in the round of 16 in Beijing, won 149,138 USA dollars and 215 WTA singles points.

Halep broke Ostapenko's serve in the first game at love and expanded the lead to 5-2 with another break in the seventh game beforing serving out the first set.

Emotional Simona Halep called it the best day of her life and targeted a maiden Grand Slam as she surged to number one in the world for the first time today.

"It was a great match, I think I played my best tennis against her", Halep told the WTA Insider. In the process, with the help of a devastating combination of world-class defence and well-controlled offence, the world number two would take advantage of another flat start from Sharapova to earn an insurance break in the fifth game before using that advantage to take the opening set, 6-2, in 34 minutes.

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The Romanian held the momentum in the second set to win the last three games of the match to seal a place in the final. Her win advanced her to the quarterfinals.

Wuhan Open champion Caroline Garcia of France overcame Belgian Elise Mertens 7-6 (4) 6-4, while Ukrainian Elina Svitolina beat Australia's Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-2 in the second round to set up a clash with Russia's Elena Vesnina.

Ostapenko made a typically high 33 unforced errors, but her powerful forehand kept her out of trouble against Romanian Cirstea, who is also her doubles partner.

Kyrgios says he wants to show how far he has come and the 19th-ranked Australian did just that as he bustled past Zverev, the world number four from Germany, in an entertaining and high-quality semi-final.

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