Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu
When asked about her less favourite surface she answered without any hesitation grass. She just said that she feels less comfortable on grass than on any other surface, clay included. And she was giving this answers just a week after a quick win for her over Sybille Bammer.
I missed this one, but it's surprising, isn't it?
I can only explain it by the fact that most Romanian tennis players just can't build up any 'relation' to this surface. They play their first grass matches very late in their junior careers and afterwards maybe 3 to 5 matches a year and that's it.
It usually takes longer to really adapt and maybe even appreciate the specialties each surface offers to your game and grass actually offers a lot to Monica's game. If she had something that could be called 'serve', I would even go as far to say that she could be called grass specialist.