Monica Niculescu

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Monica Niculescu

Monica Niculescu during one of her matches in the Fed Cup Group I 2011 Europe/ Africa.
ResidenceBucharest, Romania
Born(1987-09-25) 25 September 1987 (age 24)
Slatina, Romania
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight63 kg (140 lb)
Turned proMay 2002
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Career prize moneyUS$1,853,474
Singles
Career record310–187
Career titles0 WTA, 15 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 28 (February 27, 2012)
Current rankingNo. 47 (September 10, 2012)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2011, 2012)
French Open1R (2008, 2009, 2011)
Wimbledon2R (2008, 2010, 2011)
US Open4R (2011)
Doubles
Career record276–148
Career titles2 WTA, 21 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 24 (June 7, 2010)
Current rankingNo. 34 (September 10, 2012)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2012)
French OpenQF (2010)
Wimbledon3R (2009)
US Open3R (2009)
Last updated on: September 10, 2012.
 
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Monica Niculescu

Monica Niculescu during one of her matches in the Fed Cup Group I 2011 Europe/ Africa.
ResidenceBucharest, Romania
Born(1987-09-25) 25 September 1987 (age 24)
Slatina, Romania
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight63 kg (140 lb)
Turned proMay 2002
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Career prize moneyUS$1,853,474
Singles
Career record310–187
Career titles0 WTA, 15 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 28 (February 27, 2012)
Current rankingNo. 47 (September 10, 2012)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2011, 2012)
French Open1R (2008, 2009, 2011)
Wimbledon2R (2008, 2010, 2011)
US Open4R (2011)
Doubles
Career record276–148
Career titles2 WTA, 21 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 24 (June 7, 2010)
Current rankingNo. 34 (September 10, 2012)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2012)
French OpenQF (2010)
Wimbledon3R (2009)
US Open3R (2009)
Last updated on: September 10, 2012.

Monica Niculescu (born 25 September 1987) is a Romanian tennis player. As of September 10, 2012 she is ranked no. 47 in the WTA Tour Singles Ranking and is the second-ranked Romanian player (out of 5 in the top-100), and is also the oldest Romanian in the top 100.[1] Her highest WTA ranking is no. 28 in singles, reached on February 27, 2012, and no. 24 in doubles, reached on June 7, 2010.[1]

Niculescu was born in Slatina, Romania, but moved to Bucharest when she was four.[2] She is currently coached by Călin Stelian Ciorbagiu.[2]

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2009

Niculescu opened the season at the Brisbane International, where she lost to Tsvetana Pironkova in the first round in three sets.[2] She also lost in the first round of the Moorilla Hobart International to Alyona Bondarenko. At the 2009 Australian Open, Niculescu beat Katie O'Brien in the first round, 6–4, 6–4, before losing to Sara Errani in the second, 2–6, 3–6. Alongside Sorana Cîrstea, Niculescu was the fourteenth seed in women's doubles; they lost to Nathalie Dechy and Mara Santangelo in the second round, 3–6, 3–6.

At the Open GDF Suez held in Paris, Niculescu defeated Timea Bacsinszky in the first round, before losing to eventual champion Amélie Mauresmo in the second. She then took part in the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships. She beat Shuai Peng in the first round in three sets, 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, and then lost to world no. 3 Jelena Janković in the second, 3–6, 2–6. Niculescu also partnered Elena Vesnina in doubles, and the two reached the quarterfinals in women's doubles; they lost to Anabel Medina Garrigues and Francesca Schiavone. Niculescu had two consecutive first-round losses, at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California (fell to Anna-Lena Grönefeld) and Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida (fell to Tamira Paszek). Partnering Alisa Kleybanova, she reached the quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Open, where they lost to Maria Kirilenko and Flavia Pennetta. At the Sony Ericsson Open she partnered Kleybanova again, but they lost to second seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual.

Niculescu withdrew from the Andalucía Tennis Experience and Barcelona Ladies Open due to a forearm injury.[2]

2010

Monica Niculescu at the 2010 US Open

In 2010, Monica started the season in Auckland, coming from qualifying. In the first round, she lost to fifth seed 5 Virginie Razzano, 5–7, 4–6. In doubles, she partnered Ioana Raluca Olaru, and they defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues and Carla Suárez Navarro, 7–5, 7–5. In the second round, they lost to Cara Black and Liezel Huber, 3–6, 2–6.

At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to Jelena Janković, 4–6, 0–6. In doubles, she partnered Chan Yung-jan and defeated Monique Adamczak and Nicole Kriz, 6–3, 6–1. The pair defeated Alla Kudryavtseva and Ekaterina Makarova in the second round, 6–4, 6–4. In the third round, the lost to sixth seeds Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs, 5–7, 3–6.

Niculescu then played an ITF tournament in Midland, but lost in the first round to Eleni Daniilidou 4–6, 2–6.

In Memphis, she lost in the first round qualifying to Valérie Tétreault. In doubles, she reached the semifinals along with Riza Zalameda, losing to Vania King and Michaëlla Krajicek, 1–6, 4–6.

At Indian Wells, she lost in qualifying to Tamarine Tanasugarn. In doubles, together with Michaëlla Krajicek, she lost in first round to Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Yan Zi, 6–7, 2–6.

In Marbella failed to qualify in singles, but in doubles she partnered Sophie Lefèvre. They defeated Kristina Barrois and Ioana Raluca Olaru in the first round, 6–3, 4–6, [10–7]. However, in the second round, they lost to Virginia Ruano Pascual and Meghann Shaughnessy, 2–6, 4–6.

2011

At the 2011 Australian Open, Niculescu defeated Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets, 6–0, 6–3. Facing off against the 32nd seed, Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, Niculescu cruised through the match winning 6–4, 6–1. In the third round, she lost to the 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, 0–6, 6–7.

Niculescu defeated Patricia Mayr-Achleitner in the first round and compatriot Alexandra Dulgheru in the second round, 6–3, 6–0, to advance to the third round of the 2011 US Open. In defeating Lucie Safarova, 6–0, 6–1, Niculescu advanced to the fourth round of a Grand Slam singles competition for the first time in her career, where she lost 4–6, 3–6 to unseeded Angelique Kerber.

At the Tier 1 China Open, she shocked the world with a dominating victory over fourth seed Li Na, 6–4, 6–0 in the first round and advanced to the semifinals, where she lost to eventual runner-up, Andrea Petkovic.

She advanced to her first WTA final at the International tournament in Luxembourg, losing to Victoria Azarenka, 2–6, 2–6. En route to the final, she spent many hours on court with a 6–7, 7–5, 7–6 first-round victory over Karin Knapp, a second-round 7–6, 3–6, 6–1 win over Anabel Medina Garrigues, and a 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 win in 3 hours over 2010 finalist Anne Keothavong in the semifinals.

2012

At the Australian Open, Niculescu made it to the third round by defeating Alizé Cornet and Pauline Parmentier, but she was defeated by then–world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, 2–6, 2–6.

Personal life

Her mother, Cristiana Silvia Niculescu is a pharmaceutical sales representative; her father Mihai Niculescu is an engineer.[2] Niculescu has an older sister, Gabriela, who was a professional tennis player and currently attends University of Idaho.[2]

Monica Niculescu cited Martina Hingis and Andre Agassi as her tennis idols.[2] She enjoys shopping, movies, reading, and spending time with her family.[2] Niculescu listed her favourite movie as Butterfly Effect with Ashton Kutcher.[2]

WTA career finals

Singles: 1 (0–1)

Before 2009Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0)Premier Mandatory (0)
Tier II (0)Premier 5 (0)
Tier III (0)Premier (0)
Tier IV & V (0)International (0/1)
OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
Runner-up1.23 October 2011Luxembourg City, LuxembourgHard (i)Belarus Victoria Azarenka2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 7 (2–5)

Before 2009Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0)Premier Mandatory (0)
Tier II (0/1)Premier 5 (0)
Tier III (0)Premier (0/1)
Tier IV & V (0)International (2/3)
OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Runner-up1.17 August 2008New Haven. United StatesHardRomania Sorana CîrsteaCzech Republic Květa Peschke
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 5–7, [7–10]
Winner2.12 July 2009Budapest, HungaryClayRussia Alisa KleybanovaUkraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up3.2 August 2009Stanford, United StatesHardChinese Taipei Chan Yung-janUnited States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up4.January 16, 2010Hobart, AustraliaHardChinese Taipei Chan Yung-janCzech Republic Květa Peschke
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
6–3, 3–6, [7–10]
Runner-up5.18 July 2010Prague, Czech RepublicClayHungary Ágnes SzávaySwitzerland Timea Bacsinszky
Italy Tathiana Garbin
5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up6.23 July 2011Baku, AzerbaijanHardKazakhstan Galina VoskoboevaUkraine Mariya Koryttseva
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
3–6, 6–2, [8–10]
Winner7.14 January 2012Hobart, AustraliaHardRomania Irina-Camelia BeguChinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
New Zealand Marina Erakovic
6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), [10–5]

Singles performance timeline

Tournament20082009201020112012W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open1R2R1R3R3R5–5
French Open1R1RLQ1R1R0–4
Wimbledon2R1R2R2R1R3–5
US Open1R1R1R4R1R3–5
Win–Loss1–41–41–36–42–411–19
Olympic Games
Summer OlympicsANot Held0–0
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian WellsA1RLQ2R2R1–3
MiamiA1RA2R2R1–3
MadridNH1RA1R1R0–3
BeijingNT IAASF4–0
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai / DohaLQ2RALQQF7–4
Rome2R1RAA1R3–3
CincinnatiAA2R1R3–2
Canada2R1R1RLQ2–4
TokyoAAAA0–0
Year-End ranking471018330

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament20082009201020112012W-L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian OpenA2R3R2R4–3
French Open2R3RQF3R8–4
Wimbledon2R3R2R2R2R6–5
US Open2R3R2R1R1R4–5
Win–Loss3–37–47–44–41–222–17
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour ChampionshipsAAAA0–0
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian WellsAQF1R1R2–3
Key BiscayneA1R2R2R3–3
MadridNH2RA1R1–2
BeijingTierAA1R0–1
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
DubaiAQFA2R3–2
RomeAAAA0–0
Cincinnati1RSFQF1R5–4
Montreal/Toronto1R1RSF2R4–4
TokyoAAA0–0
WTA Premier Tournaments
CharlestonAAAA0–0
MoscowSFSFQF5–3
DohaQFNot Held1R1–2
Berlin1RNot Held0–1
ZurichQFNot Held1–1
San DiegoAAAA0–0
Year-End ranking353030

References

  1. ^ a b Monica Niculescu stats at the WTA Tour's official website.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Monica Niculescu profile at the WTA Tour's official website.

External links