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.
It is and it isn't surprising at the same time. You said it yourself: no grass courts in Romania, few grass-events, all this lead to poor results on grass. Becoming a grass specialist at 26 is not very likely to happen, but I wish her all the best. I know I'd be delighted for her even if she wins a first round at Wimbledon this year.