The Reduction and Rise of Simona Halep

Simona Halep, a 25-year-old youngster from Romania has made quite a splash in the tennis world. She was, at first, popular for her unusually large breasts.  She is now becoming popular for her strong play on the WTA tour. At the age of 16, Halep won the Roland Garros Junior Championships in Paris as the 9th seed.

She defeated second seed Arantxa Rus on her road to the finals, where she defeated Elena Bogdin for the championship. She gained recognition for her victory here, but still wasn’t being acknowledged as a contender on the WTA tour.

Simona made her first attempt at qualifying for a senior Grand Slam at the French Open last year. She fell in the second round of qualifying to Michaella Krajicek. Halep, to the dismay of her male fans, had breast reduction surgery in early fall last year.

Apparently, the 34DD’s were a bit too cumbersome for her on the court. Going through with the procedure, however, attests to her commitment to her tennis game and her hopeful journey to follow in the footsteps of her idol, Justine Henin.

After falling in the first round of qualifying at the Australian Open this year, Halep was determined to perform well on the WTA tour. She made a big breakthrough in Marbella Spain at the Andalucia Tennis Experience. She made it through qualifying into the main draw, where she defeated Iveta Benesova in the round of 32 and Sorana Cirstea in the round of 16.

In the quarterfinals, she fell to world number 16, Flavia Penetta in a close match. Halep got a lot of attention after this performance in Marbella. A week later in Barcelona, she again made it through qualifying before losing in a three set match to clay court specialist, Carla Suarez Navarro.

At the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Morocco, Simona gave her best performance ever on the WTA tour.

She made a run to the finals with her aggressive, penetrating baseline groundstrokes, beating such players as Lucie Hradecka and former top 10 player Patty Schnyder.

In her first WTA finals appearance, she went up against top-ranked Czech, Iveta Benesova. Unfortunately for Simona, Benesova got her revenge after being defeated by Halep in Marbella a few weeks earlier.

Despite the loss, Halep made a name for herself.  Since the breast reduction surgery last fall, Simona has cruised right along on the WTA tour, already making it to the finals of a prominent tournament.

Currently, she’s ranked #4 in the world. With the play she’s been exhibiting, her stay in the top 5 will last for long. She has proven herself as a legitimate contender on the WTA tour, and will be a player to take note of in future tournaments.

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