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Simona Halep conquers number one spot in WTA ranking

Simona Halep conquers number one spot in WTA ranking”

Garcia's China Open triumph gave her a second consecutive title after winning the Wuhan Open crown last month and the 23-year-old is now primed for a first singles appearance at the season-ending tournament in Singapore starting on Oct 22.

Unseeded Caroline Garcia of France won her second title in as many weeks as she stunned new world number one Simona Halep in the closely fought final of the China Open on Sunday.

Konta will also sit out the event in Tianjin, so will need to reach the final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. As a result, she moved 185 points ahead of Konta in the race to play in Singapore - a small margin, perhaps, but a tricky one to pull back at this late stage of the season.

The rankings, however, do not lie and Konta could have put herself out of sight had she not embarked on a five-match losing streak, including being upset in the first round of the US Open at the end of August.

Unwilling to give up her chance of qualifying for Singapore, Garcia saved a match point to defeat Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals of Beijing, and didn't drop a set to either two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova or Halep to take the two biggest titles of her career. Both are playing this week at the Shanghai Masters.



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