So why is this Simona’s top season?
Well, benefiting from a prolonged off-season, training on familiar territory at home in Romania and streamlining practice sessions, these all gave Halep the perfect launchpad to challenge for the biggest prizes on offer.
It’s been another year of astonishing consistency, boosted by the calming but authoritative influence of coach Darren Cahill.
Finishing 2018 with a 46-11 match record included a maiden Major at Roland Garros, further titles in Shenzhen and Montreal, alongside final appearances at the Australian Open, Rome and Cincinnati.
22 victories within 25 matches from the start of Rome through Cincinatti evokes Halep’s relentless consistency and ability to produce her best tennis in the crunch moments.
This plethora of wins culminated in qualification for a fifth straight ticket to the WTA Finals in Singapore, the only player to achieve this, together with 40 weeks perched top of the rankings.
"Winning a Grand Slam and finishing No.1, I think it's the most that I could ask for,” Halep told reporters in Singapore.
"It's been actually the best year so far but also the toughest one, emotionally, physically, mentally, everything. It was difficult to handle, but I can say I'm really proud.”