ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA - The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that Simona Halep has won the 2018 Porsche Race to Singapore, finishing the regular season in the No.1 position on the Leaderboard.
This is the second year in a row Halep has finished in first place on the Porsche Race to Singapore. The Romanian was due to compete in her fifth consecutive appearance at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, but was forced to withdraw on Thursday due to a lower back injury.
Each of the 56 tournaments (52 WTA events plus the 4 Grand Slams) leading into the WTA Finals represents one lap of the Porsche Race to Singapore, spread across 30 countries. Throughout the 2018 season, Halep has amassed 6,921 points from 15 laps (i.e. tournaments), with her nearest rival, Angelique Kerber, finishing second with 5,375 points.
It has been another stand-out year for Halep in 2018, lifting three titles from a Tour-leading six final appearances across the season, amassing a 46-11 win-loss record and spending 40 weeks this season as the WTA World No.1.
“After winning my maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros this year, finishing first in the Race to Singapore is an honor that makes me very proud,” said Halep upon receiving the key for the chalk-colored sports car. “Winning the Race to Singapore for the second year in a row is a fantastic moment for me, and I hope I can carry this good form over into the new season.”
2018 was the most successful season of Halep’s career. In addition to winning her first ever Grand Slam at Roland Garros, she was also victorious at the Shenzhen Open and the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank (Montréal). She reached three additional finals in 2018 at the Australian Open, Internazionali BNL d'Italia (Rome) and the Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati).
“Congratulations to Simona on winning the Porsche Race to Singapore,” said WTA CEO and Chairman Steve Simon. “Once again, Simona’s season has been nothing short of outstanding. Her drive to consistently compete at the highest level coupled with remarkable athleticism make her a deserving winner of this prestigious award.”
To celebrate winning the 2018 Porsche Race to Singapore, Halep was presented with a brand new Porsche 718 Boxster GTS.
Porsche joined forces with the WTA in 2017 as title sponsor of the Porsche Race to Singapore campaign and Leaderboard. This season-long campaign builds towards the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, the crown-jewel event of the WTA season featuring the greatest eight singles players and doubles teams. Since 1978, the Stuttgart-based company has sponsored the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and since 2002 has served as the event owner and organizer. Additionally, Porsche has been the official automotive sponsor of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global since 2015.
“We’d like to congratulate Simona Halep on winning the Porsche Race to Singapore for the second time,” said Detlev von Platen, member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. “With the 2018 Porsche Race to Singapore, we have once again succeeded in being visible throughout the year in international women’s tennis. It is a strong sign of our bond and close cooperation with the WTA as well as the ideal complement to our national tennis activities.”