Stephens qualifies for maiden WTA finals

Simona Halep Moscow Kremlin Cup

She also reached the final at the Australian Open, Internazionali BNL d'Italia and the Western & Southern Open.

The 27-year-old Romanian beat Sloane Stephens at Roland Garros to win her maiden Grand Slam title in June and will have spent 40 weeks at the top of the rankings by the end of the season.

The Women's Tennis Association announced on Monday that Halep has secured the 2018 year-end world No 1 singles ranking for the second season in a row.

"I haven't practiced 100 percent yet but today, tomorrow, I will do close to 100 and I will be able to know better the next day", she continued.

"To be able to see my name again alongside the other legends who have achieved the year-end No. 1 ranking makes me very proud", she added.

The fifth racket of the world Elina Svitolina might be outside the list of the participants of the Final of the WTA tournament in Singapore. "I have already 3-4 days getting ready for this tournament", Halep said.

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"I hope first to be able to play here (in Moscow) because". She has been at the top of the rankings for almost the entire year even though her results suffered as the season wore on.

"If I can't play here, I'm very doubtful that I will be able to play in Singapore".

Stephens previously won the 2017 US Open.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will play Simona Halep in the second round of the Kremlin Cup after beating Ajla Tomljanovic in straight sets.

Dealing with a herniated disc, Halep is in Moscow this week to test out her back and get some match prep before Singapore.

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