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Simona Halep Hit Major Landmark, Tops $40 million mark in prize-money

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Simona Halep, who became only the third WTA player to earn $40 million in her career, knocked off Anastasia Potapova on Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Simona Halep joined Serena and Venus Williams as the only Hologic WTA Tour players to earn more than $40 million in career prize-money. On Sunday, Halep won the National Bank Open and collected a winner’s check worth $439,700, enough to push her over the financial milestone.

Heading into the Western & Southern Open this week, Halep has earned a total of $40,107,097, a little more than $2 million shy of the $42,300,728 Venus made in her career. Serena has more than doubled that amount with a pot of $94,606,355 in prize-money.

WTA prize-money

Including the ATP, only seven players have earned more than Halep in their careers. Novak Djokovic tops the list with $158,996,253 in earnings, while Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Serena round out the top four.

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On Tuesday in Cincinnati, Halep began where she left off in Toronto. She knocked off Anastasia Potapova in a back-and-forth 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 match that lasted 2 hours, 11 minutes. The two players combined for 15 breaks of serve.

Halep, a two-time Grand Slam champion who has spent 64 weeks atop the rankings, won her seventh straight match, a season high. On Monday, she moved back into the Top 10.

“When I started the year I was not very confident and I set the goal to be, at the end of the year, Top 10,” she said Sunday after her match. “And here I am. So it’s very special moment. I will enjoy it. I will give myself credit. I’m just dreaming for more.”

That more could come this week in Cincinnati, where she is a two-time runner-up. Halep is next scheduled to play unseeded Veronika Kudermetova before a possible showdown with No.3 seed Paula Badosa in the Round of 16.

 

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