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Anthony Gruppuso / USA TODAY Sports activities

Simona Halep will take excessive rating by reaching the ultimate within the China Open. Halep beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-four to turn out to be the primary Romanian No. 1 when the rankings are launched Monday.

Halep might have reached the No. 1 rating earlier this yr however was upset within the French Open last by Ostapenko of their first profession assembly.

”In fact it is the perfect second in my life, and I would like simply to maintain it,” Halep stated in Beijing. ”And I’ve few extra goals in my profession. I inform you one, just one. To win a Grand Slam.”

Halep solely needed to attain the ultimate this week – and never lose to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine within the ultimate – to knock Garbine Muguruza from the highest spot. Muguruza retired throughout her opening match on Monday due to a chilly.

Svitolina was ousted by unseeded Caroline Garcia of France in a marathon quarterfinal encounter.

Halep will play the winner of the semifinal between Garcia and Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. The Romanian will probably be on the lookout for her second title of the yr after profitable in Madrid.

Ostapenko entered the semifinal with out the lack of a set in the course of the week. However Halep dominated the primary set, breaking Ostapenko’s serve within the first recreation at love. She cemented her lead with one other break within the seventh recreation for a 5-2 result in serve out the set.

Within the second set, Halep surrendered a three-2 lead with a service break within the sixth recreation, however went on to interrupt serve once more within the ninth recreation. At forty-zero within the remaining recreation, Halep gained with a clear forehand winner down the road.