View Full Version : Rome Q2: Monica Niculescu (ROU) def. (16) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS): 3-6 6-2 6-3

May 11th, 2008, 02:41 PM
Good job, Monica!
Great comeback in the last 2 sets! Congratulations and good luck in the MD!:bounce:

May 11th, 2008, 02:56 PM
Wonderful result. Much tougher than yesterday but I am actually much happier to see Monica win matches like this. Winning 6-2 6-0 is becoming common for Monica. When Monica gets on top in a match she shows no mercy.

But while winning with the loss of two or less games is common for Monica (11 times in the last 7 months) winning after losing the 1st set is very uncommon. Infact, this is the 1st time Monica has won a match from a set down since September last year.

So this is very positive to see Monica fighting so well after dropping a set. It shows she is getting stronger mentally. There is no question how good Monica's raquet skills are; they are certainly good enough to keep Monica in the top 50 for a long time. But before that happens Monica is going to need to win her share of three setters. She is going to need to refuse to back down when things aren't going her way. This is match is a very positive sign. :rocker:

All the best in the main draw Monica. :bounce:

May 11th, 2008, 04:18 PM
Does she still play the forehand slice most of the time?

May 11th, 2008, 09:38 PM
Chris: I agree with you. Usually she mentally collapses once things start to go wrong. Great win :) :)

lolas: yes, she plays forehand slices most of the time