The 2015 US Open has featured some of the best tennis matches of the year! The tournament’s Quarterfinals are about to begin and the second best player in the world, Simona Halep, is ready! Before she takes to the court, here are five important facts about the tournament’s No. 2 seed.
It’s a great time to be a tennis fan. While fans are watching to see if Serena Williams, 33, make tennis history at the US Open, they better keep an eye out for Simona Halep. The 23-year-old tennis star (and the tournament’s No. 2 seed) could steal the tournament away from Serena. As Simona prepares to meet her next opponent, here are five things to know about her.
1. She Is The Best Tennis Player In The World — After Serena Williams.
Simona is ranked No. 2 in the world and she has proved it at the US Open. She easily beat Marina Erakovic in the first round. Simona then dominated Kateryna Bondarenko and Shelby Rogers, beating them each in two straight sets. Her biggest challenge came when she faced Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round. Sabine won the first set with a tiebreaker, but Simona came back to send her opponent packing. Simona now faces the tournament’s 20th seed, Victoria Azarenka, in the quarterfinals.
2. She Comes From A Family Of Athletes.
Simona was born in Dobrujan, Romania. Her father was a former soccer player for the AS Săgeata Stejaru club. At age four, Simona saw her older brother playing tennis and she picked up a racket to be just like him! Awww!
3. 2013 Was A Very Good Year For Simona.
In 2013, Simona won her first six World Tennis Association titles. Wow! The last time that happened was in 1986, when Steffi Graf won her first 7 titles in a single year. Not surprisingly, the WTA named Simona its Most Improved Player for 2013.
4. She’s Tough But Has A History Of Injuries.
Simona won her US Open match with Sabine despite a thigh injury. Sadly, she’s had her share of physical problems. When she made it to the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time in 2014, she lost due to an ankle injury. She had to pull out of the 2014 Rogers Cup due to a knee injury. And, it was a knee injury that forced her to give up in the finals of the Indian Wells Masters tournament, handing the victory over to Serena Williams.
5. She’s Successful But Has Never Won A Grand Slam — YET.
Simona has won 11 WTA titles and 6 International Tennis Federation tournaments. Despite this success, she hasn’t scored a victory at a Grand Slam tournament. She made it to the final of the 2014 French Open, losing to Maria Sharapova. Simona made it to the quarterfinals of the 2015 Australian Open, but lost in the second and first round of the 2015 French Open and Wimbledon. She had never reached the US Open quarterfinals until this year!
Will this be the year that the No. 2 becomes #1 and wins the whole thing? What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Will Simona win the 2015 US Open? Leave your pick below.
— Jason Brow