SINGAPORE - Simona Halep joins the WTA Insider Podcast for the last time in 2017, after finishing the season as the 13th woman and first Romanian to hold the WTA Year-End World No.1 singles ranking, presented by Dubai Duty Free.
"It's a great feeling," Halep said on the WTA Insider Podcast. "It's tough to express the feeling in words, but what I feel is I did everything I could until today to get here, to get to No.1 in the world. Everything was difficult during the time and during the years. Now it paid off and I feel just happiness and nothing else."
"I dedicated my life to tennis and I don't regret that. It's the best moment that I ever had in my life, this one today. All I can say is that I love this sport and I love that I am in its family."
Hear more from Halep's 2017 exit interview, as she reflects on the importance of both Darren Cahill and Virginia Ruzici in her career. And she caps it off by taking the No.1 quiz. No.1 movie? No.1 TV show? No.1 thing she's looking most forward to in the off-season? Halep endures the quick-fire challenge.
The 13 women to hold the prestigious year-end No.1 ranking since the computerized rankings were introduced in 1975:
Chris Evert: 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981
Martina Navratilova: 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Stefanie Graf: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995 (shared with Seles), 1996
Monica Seles: 1991, 1992, 1995 (shared with Graf)
Martina Hingis: 1997, 1999, 2000
Lindsay Davenport: 1998, 2001, 2004, 2005
Serena Williams: 2002, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015
Justine Henin: 2003, 2006, 2007
Jelena Jankovic: 2008
Caroline Wozniacki: 2010, 2011
Victoria Azarenka: 2012
Angelique Kerber: 2016
Simona Halep: 2017