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Curcubeu
Dec 31st, 2011, 08:53 AM
Sorry, I should have opened it earlier... :o

Sorana will play Auckland, Hobart and of course the Australian Open! :bounce:

I wish her and all her fans a happy new year! :)

Curcubeu
Dec 31st, 2011, 08:54 AM
WTA Auckland, Main Draw:

(4)Flavia Pennetta (ITA) v Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
(wc)Sacha Jones (NZL) v Elena Baltacha (GBR)
(wc)Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) v Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Rebecca Marino (CAN) v (6)Roberta Vinci (ITA)

I have a weird feeling that she can pull the upset here... :scared:

vuhvuh
Dec 31st, 2011, 12:08 PM
sooo I expect a loss =/ grrrr

hellas719
Jan 1st, 2012, 12:01 AM
Please win Sori! :D

Doubles with Jurak vs. Barrois/Groenefeld ;)

Langers
Jan 1st, 2012, 04:47 AM
Pennetta will be too solid I think. :(

I like her schedule though, Hobart is another great choice. :) Hopefully she gets a kinder draw there.

HowardH
Jan 1st, 2012, 07:26 AM
Tough draw. But she will be on centre court so will be televised here (and maybe streamed?).

Curcubeu
Jan 1st, 2012, 01:38 PM
I've asked Linda and she said streams should be available today! :cool:

I'm going to watch it because Alexandra is just playing beforehand, anyway, so I will write a match report if streams allow me to do so! ;)

vuhvuh
Jan 1st, 2012, 06:50 PM
Yeah there will be stream :( but I cant watch it omg nor Ana I am so saad ;( hope someone will upload it somewhere here then :/

Curcubeu
Jan 2nd, 2012, 02:30 AM
Lost to Pennetta 4-6, 6-7 :hug:

But much, much better than the shitfest produced by her compatriot before...

Insane firepower, but also a completely show bag, switching from complete club level in the first couple of games to decent level later, insane winners followed by loosy errors most of them caused by sluggish footwork. However, one of her better days at the office especially in the defense. She should make the Top 50 in the upcoming months! :)


A performance to build up on and you really have the feeling that she can beat anyone out there on a decent day, especially with the power she offers. Getting her old coach back was the right step to take
and now I'm already looking forward to Horbat! :)

Oh, and I forgot that she saved 4 MPs, 2 at 4-5 and 2 in the TB, but on the other hand she also led 3-1 in the second and 3-1 in the TB, a typical Sorana mess... :o

Langers
Jan 2nd, 2012, 04:22 AM
Defence and footwork, her two biggest issues, amongst others. Actually the more you think about it, she is a very flawed player, but with obvious potential and upside.

Decent scoreline, hopefully she receives an easier draw in Hobart and gets a few wins there. We don't want a repeat of... 2009? where she started the season with like 6 or 7 straight losses. :o

HowardH
Jan 2nd, 2012, 05:29 AM
Lost in doubles too. 3 and 1. But ALG and Barrois are quite a tough pair.

I agree with what Curcubeu and Langers say above. Her defence and footwork is the weakness, but she always hits some huge winners. Big serve, big fh, even a big bh. Nothing Flavia could do when she was landing them. Enormous difference in forehand firepower between the two. But she loses her balance on shots too easily, and she goes for huge winners when out of position (I presume because she just doesn't believe she can defend for very long). It's funny, she looks like she is in shape, but I guess she is just lucky with her figure, because she doesn't move like she's in great shape.

If you want to play the game the way Sorana likes to play (hit big all the time) I think you need to be able to hit the first shot very well. That includes the return of serve, which Kvitova does well and Davenport did before her. Sorana doesn't hit that return well enough at the moment. So she either needs to become better with that or learn to move better and rally more consistently in order to set up her attacking shots. I'll probably review the recording later and see if there's anything more to say.

Curcubeu
Jan 6th, 2012, 11:19 AM
WTA Hobart, Main Draw:

(7)Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) vs. Sorana Cîrstea (ROU)
(wc)Ashleigh Barty (AUS) vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) vs. sara Errani (ITA)
(4)Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. Elena Vesnina (RUS)

She has already beaten Ksenia last year and I doubt that she was in better form then...

I hope she can do some damage here! :)

vuhvuh
Jan 6th, 2012, 01:26 PM
she must beat Pervak then Beth or Barty. Beth is one of my fav players. and barty is a junior still but on twitter some people from knowing tennis reporters and that some experts writing that barty plays really wel etc. I think she should make QF otherwise for me shes real bad =/

Andiyan
Jan 7th, 2012, 03:38 PM
Puhleeeeeeeaz she must get 2 wins here at least !!

Curcubeu
Jan 8th, 2012, 01:45 AM
Hobart, R1: Sorana Cîrstea def. (7)Ksenia Pervak 6-2 7-6(6)

Sorana was the better player throughout the match, dictated the rallies with her power (although Hobart is slower than some clay), and kept her UEs on a percentage which permitted her to never let Pervak get really into the match. Ksenia was rather useless, though, one deep ball to the baseline and she was toast. In the second set Sorana already had a MP at 5-4, couldn't convert, had 5-2 in the TB which went to 5-6 after some of the worst serves ever, but a sign of the mentally much more stable Sorana is that she held on and closed it out in 2 sets, even finishing it with a nice winner. Something which wouldn't have been that possible a few months ago! :)

Mattek-sands or Barty next!

donellcarey
Jan 8th, 2012, 02:39 AM
Nice win girl!

Andiyan
Jan 8th, 2012, 03:05 AM
Great story :D

HowardH
Jan 8th, 2012, 04:01 AM
Good luck in the next round Sorana!

hellas719
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:55 AM
Sori :hearts:
Also won 6:3 7:6 in doubles with Jurak over Barrois/Woehr :D. Huge improvement from last week's 3-6 1-6 shitfest against Barrois/Groenefeld :tape:

Rovegun
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:15 PM
good luck against Bethanie tomorrow!

AnDrEi.b
Jan 9th, 2012, 05:27 PM
Good luck against Betanie .. Fight Sori :hug:

grs
Jan 10th, 2012, 05:02 AM
Sorana - Bethanie: 2-6; 6-3; 7-5 won at the first MP on BMS serve :bounce:

Sasja
Jan 10th, 2012, 05:05 AM
Nice win for Sori and a QF :cheer: Beth :sad: :hug:

Against Kerber in the QF!

Rovegun
Jan 10th, 2012, 08:33 AM
well done, Sori! :worship: tough match against Kerber but everything can happen

Langers
Jan 10th, 2012, 12:32 PM
I am so, so glad she played Hobart instead of Sydney!! Great tournament for her, regardless of the result of her next match. :D

Curcubeu
Jan 10th, 2012, 03:28 PM
I had to leave for uni at 6-5* in the final set and hoped so much that she would break Beth's serve and she really did it! :)

I turned on from her trailing 1-3 in the decider and what I saw was quite an entertaining match with some nice rallies and Sorana with her usual club level-Top 20 tennis roller coaster, however she fought it out in the end from a set and a break down. The mental strength which used to be one of her assets is back! :cheer:

hellas719
Jan 11th, 2012, 04:38 AM
Sori :woohoo:

SidTheKid
Jan 11th, 2012, 01:06 PM
I can see SF with Jarka already :D

Stevecw
Jan 11th, 2012, 05:07 PM
Wow this is very impressive, and have to say a bit unexpected! Great to see her in such good form and recovering from losing 1st set 6-2 v BMS was great! :)
Btw if any Sori fans here haven't voted on the games thread thing please do now http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=449779&page=12

Sori almost has it won! Be her 1st title of 2012 :lol:

HowardH
Jan 11th, 2012, 10:48 PM
If she could beat Kerber that would be a big step forward. Not sure she's ready to do it. But hope she is.

Curcubeu
Jan 11th, 2012, 11:26 PM
Lost first 4 games and seriously, this is bullshit, can't serve, can't return, can't rally to save her life... :facepalm:

HowardH
Jan 12th, 2012, 01:09 AM
Lost 0-6 6-3 5-7 after being up 5-2 in the third. Painful... had 0-40 on Kerber's serve at 4-1. Had 2MPs serving at 5-3 40-15 too.

Curcubeu
Jan 12th, 2012, 01:11 AM
Not all the swear words on this planet can describe so much idiocy, seriously, she played with the IQ of a banana...

Meelis
Jan 12th, 2012, 01:12 AM
Brain injury :awww: Hoping quick recovery.

Curcubeu
Jan 12th, 2012, 01:14 AM
Which brain? :spit:

donellcarey
Jan 12th, 2012, 03:41 AM
Well...tough loss. So far, so close :(
Good luck in AO girl!

Langers
Jan 12th, 2012, 05:54 AM
Not all the swear words on this planet can describe so much idiocy, seriously, she played with the IQ of a banana...
I feel the same. Absolute madness.

Get yourself in a position to win, and then choke, and then just lose the plot and throw it away.

All the good work gone, and probably even more scarring. Lots of work to do with her game, and perhaps even moreso, her head.

Stevecw
Jan 12th, 2012, 04:17 PM
What a way to lose :( Made such a good recovery after losing that 1st set so badly...and then throws it all away from a great position. Hope it doesn't bother her too much, but a loss like that has gotta mess with her head in a bad way.

vuhvuh
Jan 12th, 2012, 04:40 PM
I definitely didnt expect this but it sucksss grrr such shame!! tmrw Ao draw lets see

Stevecw
Jan 12th, 2012, 04:55 PM
On twitter she posted this earlier today:

"Lost 2day from 2 match points 5-3 40-15 up in the 3rd.a few hours ago i found it tragic,now funny.Watching @WTC_Adelaide 2 get my smile back"

Hard to know what to make of that tweet, then Vesnina told her she loved her attitude.

Sori wrote back,
tnx a lot girl,u are a good exemple so im learning from u;)see u tomorrow in Melbourne..watch out im bringing good weather:D XX

Hopefully she will be ok for aus open and can try forget this loss!

Sasja
Jan 12th, 2012, 04:57 PM
OMG that's a really tough loss just before the AO :sobbing:

Rovegun
Jan 12th, 2012, 05:59 PM
I think she will cope with that loss.... hopefully the AO draw will be gracious to her

Curcubeu
Jan 12th, 2012, 11:08 PM
Australian Open, Main Draw:

[6] STOSUR, Samantha AUS v CIRSTEA, Sorana ROU
[Q] QUALIFIER v RADWANSKA, Urszula POL
[Q] QUALIFIER v ERRANI, Sara ITA
[Q] QUALIFIER v [29] PETROVA, Nadia RUS

Very gracious! :angel:

Langers
Jan 13th, 2012, 12:23 AM
You never know, Stosur is terrible under the Australian pressure, so if Sori goes out there, is positive and has fun, she could pull off the upset.

Curcubeu
Jan 13th, 2012, 12:26 AM
If she somehow finds a return game and a brain, she could pull this one off, but at that point...

donellcarey
Jan 13th, 2012, 12:36 AM
Tragedy...

donellcarey
Jan 13th, 2012, 12:38 AM
Well she did win Stosur once in Hopman Cup, though it might not mean anything but there's at least a win, so I dunno, I mean this is tennis, anything can happen, right guys?

Rovegun
Jan 13th, 2012, 03:34 PM
Australian Open, Main Draw:

[6] STOSUR, Samantha AUS v CIRSTEA, Sorana ROU
[Q] QUALIFIER v RADWANSKA, Urszula POL
[Q] QUALIFIER v ERRANI, Sara ITA
[Q] QUALIFIER v [29] PETROVA, Nadia RUS

Very gracious! :angel:


not much gracious :D but you never know what will happen... everyone knows Sam´s form Down Under is not her best and she´s always under so much pressure that she´s not able to put her best performance and that could help Sori if her mind stays fresh... there´s a chance but anyway Sam is going to be very tough to beat

HowardH
Jan 14th, 2012, 02:46 AM
You never know, Stosur is terrible under the Australian pressure, so if Sori goes out there, is positive and has fun, she could pull off the upset.

I tend to agree. Sam does tend to struggle with the Australian home pressure, and there is also no pressure on Sori.

Sori is not the favourite, hopefully she can relax, play a nice match and take her chances.

It took me a while to figure out what you guys meant by "gracious".
Usually in English we would use the word "kind", e.g. "a kind draw" or "not a kind draw".

I'm not sure whether this is a kind or unkind draw. Depends on how Sam plays I guess.

Rovegun
Jan 14th, 2012, 10:18 AM
oh thanks Howard! it´s always nice to get your point of view and I really appreciate your advice:worship:

vuhvuh
Jan 14th, 2012, 03:25 PM
ok as Sam sruggled a lot in Brisbane and Sydney my hopes were up that Sori stands a chance until today I was watching practise highlights from AO and Sam was in it =D and I began to thought like no she cant you know Sam feels pressure but she really wont lose in 1st r of a GS she cant let it go. So now i hcanged to that she will trash SOri =D hmmm

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 16th, 2012, 09:22 PM
Gl to Sorana!hope she pulls the upset!!!

Andiyan
Jan 16th, 2012, 11:08 PM
:nailbite:

hellas719
Jan 17th, 2012, 02:38 AM
GL! :D
Also doubles with Safarova :p

Rovegun
Jan 17th, 2012, 04:20 AM
Sori played amazing! I think it was her best match I have ever seen :worship: pretty well deserved win! :worship: hopefully the old Sori is back to her best... today she has shown her huge potential we all knew she has... fair play to her! we all knew Sam would be under pressure and she showed it and Sorana´s aggressive play helped to make it very harsh for Sam as well

Sasja
Jan 17th, 2012, 04:21 AM
:eek:

Sori :hearts: :woohoo:

Meelis
Jan 17th, 2012, 04:28 AM
Great win :)

Don´t screw up in second round now :tape:

HowardH
Jan 17th, 2012, 05:13 AM
Well done Sorana! Keep going.

Ian Aberdon
Jan 17th, 2012, 06:11 AM
Fantastic win for Sori! :bounce: I think - i HOPE - rebirth, not suck!

Vikapower
Jan 17th, 2012, 11:34 AM
Great win Sorana, congrats. :yeah:

SidTheKid
Jan 17th, 2012, 11:50 AM
I knew she will win :)

Curcubeu
Jan 17th, 2012, 01:44 PM
Extremely happy not only for the fact that she upset a Top 10 player here, but her body language and attitude completely turned around after what we got to see the last years. The first set tiebreak showed one of the most composed Soranas I've ever seen and that she was able to break sam to win the match even after wasting a couple of MPs was only prove for her will and passion.

Generally, she was so pumped up it was almost scary. She wanted the win and after the pathetic choke against Kerber last week, she even wanted it more! Of course, sam was poor, but Sorana did what she had to do and this was easily the best service performance I've seen from her for ages, the forehand as well, Top 10 level.

Sorana is clearly a confidence player and we once saw at RG what she is capable to do when she is on a roll! Next match against lil' Radwanska now, the kind of player she completely despaired of in the early past, but I can't see her losing this one now. Not to mention that she has a great darw, anyway to make R4 at least! :)

donellcarey
Jan 17th, 2012, 02:50 PM
:bounce::hearts::hearts::hearts::hearts::hearts::h earts::hearts::hearts:

I knew she could do it, even with the slightest hope, she was so patient, with a lot of changes of pace, moon balls, top spin, flat forehand and backhand...This is like she's going back to 2009, when she's at her best, or even better! Coming up Ula and then cud b Nadia, she got chances, c'mon girl!!!

Andiyan
Jan 17th, 2012, 03:29 PM
PRaaaaaaaaaaaaay REbirth!!!!!!!!!!!

Meelis
Jan 18th, 2012, 02:48 AM
Sorana and Lucie were close to upsetting 9th seeds Grandin/Uhlirova, but eventually lost 6-2 4-6 4-6.

Rovegun
Jan 18th, 2012, 05:21 AM
it´s a pity they lost...

Sori playing tomorrow on court 18! :confused: as well as Makiri... I am feeling the Aussie organizers are making a revenge to both Sori and Maria because they beat both Top Aussie players :(:D

Curcubeu
Jan 19th, 2012, 04:44 AM
Australian Open, R2:

Sorana Cîrstea def. Urszula Radwanska 1-6 6-2 6-3

Good to see Sorana fighting back into this match after being a set down, but after wasting MPs at 5-2, I already smelled a Kerber 2.0 in the making, especially considering the similar scoreline. Luckily she learned from that experience and broke to 0 to win the match! :)

However, she shouldn't have another late start against Errani now, but you never know with her! :lol:

HowardH
Jan 19th, 2012, 04:55 AM
Yay Sorana! Keep going. The draw is opening for her like a book. Now Errani beat Nadia, so she only has to play Sara. Amazing opportunity.

A pattern- in every set Sorana has won in singles here, she did not serve it out.

Sam doublefaulted to lose the first set tb. Then Sam lost her serve at the end of the second set.

Ula also lost her serve at the end of set 2 and 3. Sorana was unable to serve the match out and had to break for the match instead.

Well, it's common in the wta. Sometimes I think the girls need 3 serves instead of 2, just to give the server a fighting chance :lol:.

Sara has a weak serve so Sorana can hopefully break her often as well, so that she won't have to serve out the sets. Much easier for Sorana to break for the set. Honestly it's a bit of a dream draw. Hope she can take advantage.

Andiyan
Jan 19th, 2012, 03:48 PM
Good lord Im so happy she won after I went to bed at 1-5 :silly:

Plz beat Errani :worship:

18majors
Jan 19th, 2012, 03:51 PM
Go Sorano.

Rovegun
Jan 19th, 2012, 05:20 PM
Happy Sori won great come back! now big chance to advance to R4.. hopefully she can do it!

18majors
Jan 19th, 2012, 05:21 PM
Happy Sori won great come back! now big chance to advance to R4.. hopefully she can do it!

She should, she knocked out the No. 6 seed.

donellcarey
Jan 20th, 2012, 08:40 PM
Yay Sorana! Keep going. The draw is opening for her like a book. Now Errani beat Nadia, so she only has to play Sara. Amazing opportunity.

A pattern- in every set Sorana has won in singles here, she did not serve it out.

Sam doublefaulted to lose the first set tb. Then Sam lost her serve at the end of the second set.

Ula also lost her serve at the end of set 2 and 3. Sorana was unable to serve the match out and had to break for the match instead.

Well, it's common in the wta. Sometimes I think the girls need 3 serves instead of 2, just to give the server a fighting chance :lol:.

Sara has a weak serve so Sorana can hopefully break her often as well, so that she won't have to serve out the sets. Much easier for Sorana to break for the set. Honestly it's a bit of a dream draw. Hope she can take advantage.


True but Sam didn't lost the 1st set with a DF, Sori won it with an Ace;)

Sasja
Jan 21st, 2012, 12:23 AM
Sori wins the 1st set against Errani 7-6(6) :)

Keep it up :cheer:

EDIT: lost the 2nd 6-0 :sad: Now a MTO (back injury) :scared:

Sasja
Jan 21st, 2012, 01:57 AM
Sori lost 7-6 0-6 2-6 :sad: :hug:

Curcubeu
Jan 21st, 2012, 01:59 AM
Lost 2-6 in the final set... :hug:

Good backhand, good movement, only the 1st serve percentage was awful, probably due to the back problems.

I hope she can build up on that in Pattaya! :)

I guess she is back in Top 50, though!

Andiyan
Jan 21st, 2012, 02:02 AM
Let's see things from the positive side indeed :bounce:

donellcarey
Jan 21st, 2012, 02:19 AM
Well, I can't blame her, she received more than 3 times of medical treatment only in the 3rd set, showed how bad the injury was. She didn't open the court really well, was most of the time on defense, and well, the 1st serve was totally out of form due to injury.

Bad luck for her. But well, at least there's hope to start a great season, we'll see.

BlueTrees
Jan 21st, 2012, 06:04 AM
Still a great tournament :awww: She's definitely raised her level of play. It would be great to see her back in Top 30. :)

Ian Aberdon
Jan 21st, 2012, 09:39 AM
What a shame for Sori. But she should take great encouragement from her recent form. I think she's a sweetheart. :hearts:

vuhvuh
Jan 21st, 2012, 01:04 PM
I am really sad she didnt win this. such chaance plus I dontl ike errani. also she would get lot of points. hope her back is ok tho

Rovegun
Jan 21st, 2012, 05:50 PM
it´s a pity she lost because she looked sharp in the 1st set and I belived she could have won the match but she had two opponents today her injury and Errani which is tough to play against both... Sori was also very emotional I can´t remember where I saw her last time so reacting...

anyway we can say there are good signs of her improved form and she should be in top 50 after next week so I think she´s on the best way to come back where she belongs to... great tournament for Sori anyway

Andiyan
Jan 21st, 2012, 06:27 PM
Retarded Italians in the Errani d. Cirstea thread :facepalm:

vuhvuh
Jan 21st, 2012, 07:00 PM
top 50 next week how? she defended 2nd round from last year and by this she gets just 60 points more no?

Rovegun
Jan 22nd, 2012, 09:13 AM
top 50 next week how? she defended 2nd round from last year and by this she gets just 60 points more no?

yeah, you are right... sorry, I was counting she made 4th round :D so she´s getting clos to Top 50 at least, which si still very good:)

vuhvuh
Jan 22nd, 2012, 11:32 AM
I think her ranking will be unchanged =D

hellas719
Jan 23rd, 2012, 05:14 AM
Retarded Italians in the Errani d. Cirstea thread :facepalm:

This :help:



Sori :hug:

grs
Jan 23rd, 2012, 08:19 AM
Sorana will be #54 or 55 next week and the new Romanian # 3 passing on Simona.

donellcarey
Jan 25th, 2012, 03:09 PM
She's entered the main draw of Pattaya, seeded no.8.

Ajde Sori.

donellcarey
Feb 2nd, 2012, 03:19 PM
The girl's arrived in Thailand, just posted a pic on twitter.

C'mon girl!