Simona Halep (born 27 September 1991) is a Romanian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 2. Halep first broke into the world's top 50 at the end of 2012, the top 20 in August 2013, and then the top 10 in January 2014 (after reaching the Australian Open quarterfinal). She won her first 6 WTA titles in the same calendar year in 2013 (a feat that was last achieved by Steffi Graf in 1986 when she won her first 7), being named the WTA's Most Improved Player at its end, as well as being named ESPN Center Court's 2013 Most Improved Player. Halep reached the 2014 French Open final, her first Grand Slam final, where she played against Maria Sharapova. She lost this final in three sets. She also reached the final of the WTA Finals the same year, but lost to Serena Williams. Despite being only twenty-three years old, Halep has already defeated several current and former world No. 1's and Grand Slam tournament champions, including Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Janković, Caroline Wozniacki, Li Na, Samantha Stosur, and Petra Kvitová.