Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu
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.
Totally agree. But even without a serve, grass suits her game simply because, like when she plays indoors, on grass her serve isn't quite the liability it is on slower surfaces.
And your 1st 2 sentences in the 2nd paragraph also sums up exactly why I believe Monica needs to take advantage of every week she can play on grass to fully learn how she can use this surface to her advantage.