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Monica's News and Articles

I guess it would be a good start for the News and Articles thread to post the NY Times article:

With Power Ruling the Game, Monica Niculescu’s Slicing Forehand Stands Out at the U.S. Open
By BEN ROTHENBERG

As flat power and topspin increasingly dominate tennis, one woman dares to be different. Very different.

Great quote also by Halep: “Her slice is just a special thing and amazing, and she has talent, I think, to do this. It’s not easy. I tried, to be honest, in the practices, but it’s not easy. She’s special, and she’s fighting a lot. She’s a great, great player, and for sure she can do better now.”


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Training in Bucharest for the new season
http://www.digisport.ro/Sport/TENIS/...ului+sezon+Obi


Season in review: Monica Niculescu
http://www.oncourt.net/season-review-monica-niculescu/
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BBC Sport advent calendar - 18 December

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/30214292
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BBC Sport advent calendar - 18 December

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/30214292
LOL .

I wonder if they'll partner for Shenzhen & Hobart as they're the title holders.


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Random tweets since there's nothing elso going on...


Maxi_mus ‏@maeggelchen
@alizecornet toughest counterpunchers on tour you've played 2014? #AskAlize

Alize Cornet @alizecornet
@maeggelchen Monica Nicolescu


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Nick Nemeroff @NNemeroff
Which tennis player would you say has the highest tennis IQ?

Victoria Chiesa ‏@vrcsports
@NNemeroff Monica Niculescu.


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Victoria Chiesa ‏@vrcsports
"How is what Niculescu does different than, say, Steffi Graf with her slice backhand?" - @ovafanboy

David Kane ‏@ovafanboy
@vrcsports Since when is calling Niculescu this generation's Steffi Graf a controversial opinion tho??


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Kyle Hopkins ‏@KyleHopkins_
@queen_v21 Who is the funniest female player on tour?

Vania King ‏@queen_v21
@KyleHopkins_ The girls I'm close with aren't personally jokesters, but Moni Niculescu is funny
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Monica

may your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.

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Sam Stosur on her match with Moni

"There's probably no one else like Monica," she said.

"She's very creative and more crafty than maybe most of the other players out there.

"She's a very different player to a lot of different players on the tour, she likes to slice the ball a lot, slice the forehand even.

"She'll serve and volley a little bit, she'll come into the net, she's very fast, moves well.

"It's going to be a lot about concentrating hard and knowing that it's going to be some funky stuff going on out there, and what I'm going to try to do to combat that."


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http://t.co/lFLbRm4NzS
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Well since Monica is MIA this week and the WTA is apparently deleting old Players Blogs, I might as well repost Monica's here. For some reason they are now last on the WTA site


Monica Niculescu's Auckland Blog: Monday

Romanian No.1 Monica Niculescu brings us the first WTA Blog of the new season. Check it out now!
Published January 02, 2012 12:00


AUCKLAND, New Zealand - It was a breakthrough fall season for talented Romanian Monica Niculescu, who went into the US Open ranked No.68 and finished the year No.30. Now she hopes to continue her momentum into 2012 and this week brings us the very first WTA Blog of the year from Auckland.



Monday, January 2, 2012


Hello everybody! It's a pleasure to talk to you all.

I arrived in Auckland on the 28th of December after a very long flight. I left my home in Bucharest on the 26th, right after Christmas. I spent Christmas with my family, which was nice. And now I'm looking forward to the new season!

So for New Year's I was actually here in Auckland, preparing for the tournament. It was raining here a lot the first few days so we practiced more indoors.

On Sunday I went to see a movie with my good friend Sorana (Cirstea!) We had a lot of fun. We saw Mission Impossible 4. It was exciting, there was a lot of action. I enjoyed it a lot. It's a good movie - you've got to see it!

Today looks to be a nice day, the first one without rain... I hope!!! In the morning I practiced a little bit with my doubles partner here, Alizé Cornet. It was quite windy but I enjoyed it after playing a lot indoors here.

Right now I'm just getting ready for our first round doubles match. I'll tell you about the match tomorrow, as well as my first impressions of the season.

If you have any questions for me, I'm here - please send them in!

See you soon!!

Moni

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Monica Niculescu's Auckland Blog: Tuesday

Catch up with Romanian No.1 Monica Niculescu in the first WTA Blog of the new season!
Published January 03, 2012 12:00


AUCKLAND, New Zealand - It was a breakthrough fall season for talented Romanian Monica Niculescu, who went into the US Open ranked No.68 and finished the year No.30. Now she hopes to continue her momentum into 2012 and this week brings us the very first WTA Blog of the year from Auckland.



Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Good morning everyone!

Yesterday was my first match of the year after two months of off-season. It was a nice feeling to compete again - I really enjoyed it. Alizé and I won our doubles match against an all-Romanian team in straight sets.

Afterwards I could hardly wait to play my singles match today!

I did a short warm-up this morning with my doubles partner, Alizé, then prepared for my first singles match on my own (that's when I actually started writing this blog!) Then it was time for my match... I played Jamie Hampton and was able to win, 76(1) 61. I think Jamie played good tennis today. I started a little bit slowly because I was adjusting to all the wind and outdoor conditions. She had already played three matches in qualies and was feeling the court very well. But after I took the first set I felt more confident and started to control my strokes and move better. I was in control all through the second set.

Tomorrow I have another match and can hardly wait for the new challenges!

I will talk to you soon - please keep the questions coming

Moni

What were you doing at midnight on New Year's Eve? Shelley
Unfortunately I spent midnight sleeping because I was quite tired from the time difference between Romania and here!

What are your goals for 2012?
Jason, UK
The most important goal for me is to be healthy, then to improve my game and try to make better results than last year.

With you, Bartoli and Peng in the Top 30 and more in the Top 100, the two-handed style seems to be coming back - why do you think it's becoming popular again? Stephanie, France
I think this style is rising actually, not really coming back. I don't think there's a special reason to play like this, it's rather a matter of preference. I'm glad to see young players playing this style but you have to move very well on the court to be able to play like this. That's just my opinion!

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Monica Niculescu's Auckland Blog: Wednesday

What she thinks of New Zealand, her favorite men's players and more - all here in her Day 3 blog!
Published January 04, 2012 12:00


AUCKLAND, New Zealand - It was a breakthrough fall season for talented Romanian Monica Niculescu, who went into the US Open ranked No.68 and finished the year No.30. Now she hopes to continue her momentum into 2012 and this week brings us the very first WTA Blog of the year from Auckland.



Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hello everybody

Well unfortunately today wasn't my day. Zheng Jie is a strong opponent. She played very well. I also had some pain in my right shoulder from the beginning of the match - I was trying to do my best, but it just didn't work. I'm still in the doubles though so I hope I can do better there!

I like New Zealand very much, especially Auckland. This is a very quiet country with nice weather and nice people. I also like it here because there's no traffic like everywhere else in the world, and also one of my best friends on the tour, Marina Erakovic, lives here! I got to see all her family this time. We have been good friends for a long time, since we played junior doubles together (we played two finals at Wimbledon and won the Orange Bowl together!)

I'll talk to you all again tomorrow... goodnight from Auckland

Moni

Who are your three favorite players on the ATP? Andrei-Sorin, Romania
Federer, Nadal and Santoro!

What is the best advice you have ever been given? Shane
The best advice I've ever received came from my coach, Calin Ciorbagiu. He told me to fight until the last point and never give up.

What are your next tournaments after Australia? Adrian, Romania
After this I have Fed Cup, then Paris, Doha and Dubai. Then of course Indian Wells and Miami. I'm really excited to play all of them!

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Monica Niculescu's Auckland Blog: Thursday

Monica Niculescu's week may have come to an end, but she only has good memories from Auckland.
Published January 05, 2012 12:00


AUCKLAND, New Zealand - It was a breakthrough fall season for talented Romanian Monica Niculescu, who went into the US Open ranked No.68 and finished the year No.30. Now she hopes to continue her momentum into 2012 and this week brings us the very first WTA Blog of the year from Auckland.



Thursday, January 5, 2012

Hi everyone,

The doubles today was a tough match against good opponents, but I enjoyed it a lot. Me and Alizé played very well with big shots and good interception at the net. All the match was very close but at the end, two points made the difference. The stadium was full. I think we made a good show for the spectators and I had a lot of fun on the court with Alizé! I like playing doubles a lot because I love to play at the net, making volleys and interceptions, and I also like the team spirit. I like singles too because I'm on the court making decisions by myself, finding solutions for different opponents with different game styles. I can't say I prefer one over the other - I like both singles and doubles!

It was my first time playing with Alizé. She is a girl full of energy on the court, like me. I'm playing with my Romanian compatriot Irina Begu in the next two tournaments, Hobart and the AO - this is also a new team.

I just finished my match and am about to go and eat something. I'll answer some of your questions first though and will come back

What are your favorite tournaments? Shannon, UK
Australian Open, US Open, Beijing and Stanford.

Did you ever get to meet Fabrice Santoro? Irina, Romania
No unfortunately I never met him, but I would love to!

What would you say is your biggest strength on the court? Jason
I think my biggest strength on the court are my legs.

... I'm flying early tomorrow morning to Hobart. I had a really nice time here in Auckland. I want to thank all the sponsors and all the people who organize this tournament. And of course I would like to say HELLO to all of my fans!!

With respect,

Monica Niculescu

Bye

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Niculescu, Vekic Advance to Second Round
©2015 Billie Weiss/BNP Paribas Open
Mar 11, 2015

By Leighton Ginn


Monica Niculescu was the first player on Wednesday to complete her match, defeating Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open.

“The score looks bad, but it was long rallies and I had to fight for every point,” Niculescu said. “She doesn’t give you mistakes. I was playing aggressive coming to the net. She’s an awesome player. It was our first meeting and I knew it would be tough.”

Now comes the tough one.

Niculescu will next face No. 1 Serena Williams on Friday night in prime time on the Tennis Channel.

This will be the first time Niculescu will face Williams.

Friday night will be the return of Williams to the BNP Paribas Open since she defeated Kim Clijsters for the 2001 title.

Williams has an 11-match winning streak and is coming off winning the U.S. Open, the WTA Tour Championships and the Australian Open.

Niculescu was ranked as high as No. 28 in 2012 and her best result in a major was the fourth round of the 2011 US Open. She has never gotten past the second round of the BNP Paribas Open.

“I always wanted to play No. 1 and Serena is an awesome player,” Niculescu said. “It’s going to be an awesome day palying against Serena. Hopefully I will step up and play good.

“I know when we were playing doubles, she was hitting hard and very good mentally. I’m going to try to play my game and I hope the crowd will be for me also. It’s a good opportunity for me.

“Hopefully I will like it at the end of the match too.”

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"I don't really know what to expect because we haven't played before," Niculescu said. "But obviously I know she has a lot of power, and I know I'm going to run a lot. I'm just going to play my game.

"She's playing great and she wins this tournament every time. Hopefully I can play my best."


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Indian Wells Opponent Expects Nothing But Love For Serena Williams
By Melissa Isaacson | Mar 12, 2015
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INDIAN WELLS, California -- There was a point this week when nerves took over and Serena Williams panicked, admitting Thursday, "I thought, 'What was I thinking?'"

If she needs a pep talk, she might want to seek out her fellow pros who spoke in support of her much-anticipated return to Indian Wells, beginning with Monica Niculescu, her opening opponent here on Friday night.

"This match is for her, she does this every day and she has so many titles, I don't even know how many she has," the 27-year-old Romanian said of the 19-time Grand Slam winner. "I think it will be a really warm welcome here. I mean, come on, it's Serena."

[...]

Niculescu, ranked 68th in the world, was just 13 in 2001 and said she didn't know what happened back then.

"I know she hasn't played for a long time here," she said. "She's an unbelievable player. Who would not like to see her? You always watch her in the finals and cheer for her and she's always winning and she's No. 1 for how many years? I think they will love her. I mean, come on, who's going to boo her? I don't know. Come on. She's an awesome player."

Niculescu has never played Williams in singles, but lost in straight sets to Serena and Venus in doubles with partner Yung-Jan Chan in 2009.

In singles, Niculescu is best known for an unconventional slice forehand she uses on nearly every opportunity, a shot a New York Times poll termed "the strangest shot in women's tennis," and a shot she is hoping might at least temporarily distract Williams Friday.

"It's very hard to play against me because I'm tricky all the time," Niculescu said. "I'm changing my speed, my slice, I come to the net with a drop shot and it's hard to have a rhythm against me. What I know is it's not easy to play against me. ...

"I like to be unique and I think I am, and hopefully it's going to work in the evening with Serena."

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