Really couldn't be a better draw. I would be very disappointed if Monica doesn't get to at least the semis this week with this draw and hopefully even better. She still has a lot of points to defend at the moment and really anything less than a semis here will put her periously close to dropping out of the top 100.
Monica has been included in a new thread in GM, The Slumping Sisterhood. Although you may be thinking this is not a good thing, this thread is aimed at supporting the players involved and celebrating their achievements until they're playing well enough that they can move on from the Sisterhood. Please feel free to join us in the thread and share news or updates about Monica.
For Monica Niculescu 2009 meant 125,000 km of flights, and many white nights, not because she partied in clubs, but because she moved from one tournament to another. She did not close her eyes more than one hour and entered the same day on the court. "Last year in Moscow, she slept from 1am to 2am , at 5am boarded into the plane, she arrived in Zurich, trained, and at noon entered into the court. And she won that game, and the next one in the afternoon, "says her coach. Nothing changes in the future: since the second day of Christmas, Monica will take off to Auckland to start the next season.
"On court she's a real volcano"
In the past, from Monica's "arsenal" the screams and the tears didn't miss. "I don't encourage her to discharge, but you have to let her, to consume her frustrations. On the court she's a real volcano, is temperamental, perfectionist. Outside the court, is different, it's incredible: friendly, with sense of humor, communicative, 'says Călin Ciorbagiu .
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