Simona Halep is youngest Romanian player in the top-100 tennis player playing on the ITF Women's Circuit and the WTA Tour. In 2008, she won the ITF $10,000 tournament in Bucharest against Stéphanie Vongsouthi, followed by a victory n the finals at Trofeo Bonfiglio. in August 2009, Halep won the $25,000 tournament in Maribor, defeating top seed Katalin Marosi of Hungary in the final. Her breakthrough on the WTA tour occurred during the 2010 Andalucia Tennis Experience on the clay courts of Marbella, Spain. Halep lost in the first round of the 2012 Australian Open after making the quarterfinals at Hobart. She then made it to the 3rd round of the 2012 Indian Wells Masters and the 2012 Miami Masters. Halep played at the 2012 Brussels Open in a tune up for the 2012 French Open where she upset former World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in the first round.