Didn't face a single seed except Svitolina in the Semis. Of Wimbledon. That tells you everything.
I don't find anything about Sharapova's achievements foggy, but that goes without saying.I will give you Sharapova, Maria played 6 finals, won 2 and also made the WTA Finals in that time (2010-2019), but I won't Azarenka or Kerber, and like both (been following Vika since before I even knew of Halep's existence if we're being honest). But what this girl has achieved so far it's undeniably amazing. Grand Slam finals on all surfaces, which other than her only Serena and Maria can also claim, and of course never leaving the top 10 since she entered it early in 2014.More like 2015-2020. Sharapova still dominated her throughout 2012, 2013 and 2014. No way that Halep is second to Serena pre-2014.
I would say she was 4th best though.
Then Kerber got great after 2015 and I actually think Kerber is the second best player after Serena from 2015-now.
Yes, she still has trouble closing, I mean she should have had easily 3 slams and 25 titles by now if she was a closer, but even so that doesn't detract from the simple fact that overall she's been second only to Serena as far as being the most consistent player on tour this decade. Maria still has higher highs, but also also much lower lows, and I don't think that's debatable. Also the whole ban thing makes her achievements during that time fogy, and I understand why some people won't consider her for this top. I'm not among them, although I do believe that FO 2014 final might have had a different outcome if not for you know what.
She's listed as 5'6" on both the WTA and Wimbledon websites. I really wish people would stop trying to make Halep seem smaller than she really is. And she's not weak either: there's plenty of musculature on that frame. Hell, she looked far more muscular than 5'9" Svitolina...Yes she has had many setbacks. But she keeps battling and fighting. Consistenscy deserves respect. Again she is 5'5 and not as powerful as many girls. But she keep fighting and has made a very good career for herself
Henin was a once-in-a-generation freak of nature to do what she did in the era of "big babe tennis". Not many players of Henin's stature will dominate the game. Halep is easily smaller than the average WTA player, so I'm not sure what this whole diatribe here is about. That is not the only factor of success of course, but it is a major factor.She's listed as 5'6" on both the WTA and Wimbledon websites. I really wish people would stop trying to make Halep seem smaller than she really is. And she's not weak either: there's plenty of musculature on that frame. Hell, she looked far more muscular than 5'9" Svitolina...
Yes, she's short. But not much shorter than Kerber (5'8"), who has 3 Slams, or Stephens (5'7"), who has just as many majors as she does.
Ash Barty? 5'5", but at the young age of 23, already has the FO title that evaded Simona until just last year. Ash isn't exactly bulging with muscle, either.
Let's not forget about Justine Henin. Her height? 5'6", just like Simona (I think 1cm shorter, actually). But she finished with 7 Slams and a gold medal. Again, she's not built like the Hulk, but managed just fine.
So why was the diminutive Belgian able to perform so much better than the similarly-sized Romanian? Talent. It's something Henin had in spades. Simona doesn't have half (or even a quarter, perhaps) the the talent of Justine, and hasn't been able to win the big ones nearly as much, despite playing in a time of lower top-level talent.
So, please, please stop with the "she's so small" BS. Nonsense. Serena's 5'9" and is 19-2 (18 straight) against 6'2" Sharapova. She's 18-4 (10-0 in majors) against Azarenka, who is 6'0". There are plenty of other examples.
If being tall and/or powerful were all that was necessary to be successful, then you'd figure Pliskova would have at least won a few Slams by now. Kvitova? You'd figure she'd have a lot more than two.
Simona works her ass off, and gets the most she can out of her (relatively) short height and limited talent. I'll applaud her for that - it's commendable. But let's not act like her height is some insurmountable hurdle though - better players have shown it's no obstacle to success.
To overtake Vika, Simo still needs a second GS title tho. 2 GS > 1 GS+many finalsPretty sure by the time her career is over only the usual trolls will still debate that. With this final she is guaranteed to become the active player with the most consecutive weeks in the top 10. And making her 5th GS final she has overtaken Azarenka (was already ahead of Kvitova and Muguruza who each have 3).
Most who've followed tennis for long enough have know this could be a possibility ever since Simona broke out in 2013 by winning 6 titles on all surfaces (yet even then there were plenty of people trying to discredit such a unique performance that only a handful of players ever achieved).
I have watched both and at that time Henin was my favourite, following tennis since the 90s. I also enjoyed the talent if Hingis.Justine Henin probably had the best timing and technique in her shots. And she really worked hard on getting stronger.