A native of Constanta, on the West coast of the Black Sea, Simona Halep is the daughter of a Romanian football player. Like all future champions, she started playing tennis very early, at the age of four. It was not until eighteen years later, at the Rome Masters tournament in 2013, that her immense potential came to light. On three occasions, Simona Halep fell at the last hurdle in a Grand Slam: at Roland Garros in 2014 and 2017 then at the Australian Open in 2018. After the Beijing tournament in 2017, Simona shot into the World No.1 position, without ever having won a Grand Slam or a Masters, and is the first Romanian woman ever to have occupied the top spot in the women’s rankings.