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Langers
May 30th, 2009, 10:15 AM
Nice little article on the Frenh Open website...

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2009-05-29/200905291243612310250.html?promo=hp_toparticles

Sorana Cirstea’s star is most definitely on the rise. Safely through to the third round of this year’s edition of the French Open, the 19-year-old Romanian is full of ambition, no doubt as a result of her great passion for the sport of tennis...

Hugh.
Jun 1st, 2009, 09:31 PM
Press conference from today:
S. CÎRSTEA./J. Jankovic

6‑3, 0‑6, 9‑7

An interview with:

SORANACÎRSTEA

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, please.

Q. Last two wins, two top 10 players. What's the feeling?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: Of course it's a great feeling, and the mostimportant is that I'm happy with my game and the way I'm playing. I hope I can keep up like this, and hope it'sjust the beginning.

Q. What do you think was the key point today?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: First of all, I really wanted to win. Maybe I wanted too much in the first set andI wasn't playing the right way. I was alittle nervous. But then after I losethe first set, I said, I have nothing to lose. I just need to relax.

I did that until theend of the third set when I started to get again nervous because it was animportant match for me and was the first time I was playing fourth round.

I really wanted to win, but I think I wastrying to take control of all the points and just stay aggressive.

Q. Didyou notice that in the stands there were Ion Tiriac, Illie Nastase, andVirginia Ruzici watching you?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: Yeah, when I was coming for my match, I sawMr. Nastase. He said he was comingfor my match, so I knew he was there. Virginia, she just sentme a message after my match. I also knewshe was there. And Mr. Tiriac, I didn'tsee him. I'm happy he was also there.

Q. You seem to feel quite comfortable on the big court and everything. Do you like the big stage?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: Yeah. I always said that I love playing on big courts, because I love having alot of people supporting me and big crowds. That motivates me a lot.

I mean, at the end theatmosphere was unbelievable, and I think that was a good thing, also, because Ifelt the crowd was with me and that gave me more energy.

Q. It seemed like at times your legs were about to give out, so what didyou tell yourself? Just keep going evenif I fall down? Doesn't matter?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: Exactly. I mean, of course it wasn't easy at the end. I was getting tight, and I started to feel inmy hamstring. I was just trying to jumparound.

I was looking on theother side, and I saw she was tired, also. So I knew it was also a little bit mental who is going to stay stronger,and I was just trying, you know, to keep the energy coming and just try to hitand keep the points shorter.

Q. It seemed like you were in charge of the points. You were being more aggressive. So did you feel like the match was yours todecide?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: Exactly. I mean, my game was always to hit since I was really young. I always thought I'm a hard hitter. And also today I was trying to takecontrol. Even if I was winning somepoints and losing, I was always trying, you know, to take control. I think when I did that, I was winning.

Q. You just talked about when you were young. You're still young. Can you talk about the development of yourgame? Were you able to stay at home todevelop your game? Did you have to leave? Who were your big influences?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: I mean, I grew up in Romania, and I started tennis whenI was four. That was a new thing for Romania,because never happen before. I startedplaying because of Steffi Graf. I sawher on TV all the time.

I mean, I always wantedto be professional. I always wanted belike her since I was really young. Iremember always like focusing and trying to take tennis serious.

Now I'm at a level that honestly I washoping one day, and I mean, it's good to be here.

Q. Alsowhen someone like yourself that's not that well‑known breaks through at a GrandSlam there is a lot of attention. All ofa sudden someone wants to know your life story. Are you ready for that?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: I think I'm ready. I prefer having good results with attentionand having no results and no attention. So I think everything comes together, and I hope I can handleeverything.

Q. Some other players of your generation like Wozniacki or Radwanska,Azarenka were in the top 20 by the end of last season, and then you were behindthem. Was it encouraging for you to seethem doing so well? Because you are ofthe same age.

SORANA CÎRSTEA: Exactly. I mean, I'm the same age like Caroline, and I'm one year younger thanVictoria or Agnieszka. We grew upplaying juniors together and we know each other so well. Of course, it's inspiring to see them upthere, because it gives you also more ‑‑ you think that you can do it.

But I think for me wasa little harder, because I wanted things happening too fast, you know. I think the best thing for me lately is I'mtrying to have more patience and taking the wins and the lose the same.

Just working hard, you know. Because before I wanted things too fast, andI was little disappointed when they weren't happening.

Q. Thefact that you were in the adidas team with Sven Groeneveld and Caroline, is itsomething very important for you?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: Of course. I mean, you don't find this too often in tennis, and adidas has thisplayer development program which is unbelievable. They have done so much for me.

Lately I have beenworking with Sven Groeneveld and Darren Cahill, and they've helped me alot. I feel my game is improving.

And also Caroline, she's my best friend onthe tour. We spend a lot of timetogether. It's great to be on a team,because tennis is a long sport. So whenyou feel you belong to something, it's better.

Q. Youface Samantha Stosur from Australiain your next round. Do you know muchabout her, and are you expecting another tough match?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: I mean, of course I expect a tough match,because just seven players left except me. I mean, they're all playing great, because they're playing good ifthey're here.

I know she's a greatplayer with a great experience, and she's very talented and it will be a hardmatch, but I hope I can keep the same and just focus on my side.

Q. We've seen you play on the court. Can you tell us about you offcourt, like what kind of person are you?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: That's a hard question. I mean, just saying a few words. It's tough, because I think I'm a little bitdifferent than all the others. Off thecourt I have a lot of things. I'm stillin last year of high school, so I'm still studying a little bit. I have a lot of passions, so...

I mean, it's good tohave something you can get out when you want to have some relaxing time.

Q. When did you stop going to school full‑time in Romania and started doingindependent study?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: I'm going to a normal high school, so I'vealways been traveling, you know, like since I was eight, but like first likesmall level and then I was traveling more and more.

But I always kept goingto a normal school and normal class and the teachers, when I'm not there, theyknow I'm in tournaments. Now they cansee me on TV. They know I'm notsomewhere else.

I'm going to finish this year high schooland then it's going to be easier.

Q. Soare you a very good student?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: I'm trying. (laughter.) I'm trying. Because Ithink it's nice, you know, just to have something different to focus besidestennis.

Q. What do you like to study?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: I like English, honestly.

Q. So English reading or English speaking?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: Both. And of course I like geography because I'mtraveling so much, and it makes really things easier for me. Yeah, I like also Romanian and I thinkeverything, because it's interesting.

Q. So you read a lot? What's yourfavorite book?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: I do read a lot, but now I'm reading allthese Romanian authors because I have to study for my exam. In my spare time I like to read a lot, and Ilike thrillers and action, so...

Q. What I wanted to ask you, what you had a passion, but he asked you 10 differentquestions, so now I know everything. Just let me know if you have a boyfriend so we know something new.

SORANA CÎRSTEA: Yeah, I already ‑‑ I mean, no, I don'thave any boyfriend.

Q. Have you been studying during your time here?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: Honestly I haven't been studying thisweek. I think I was just trying to focuson Roland Garros. I can study after Ifinish the tournament again.

Q. When are your exams?

SORANA CÎRSTEA: Before US Open.
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2009-06-01/200906011243885933203.html So cute! :hearts::hearts:

hellas719
Jun 1st, 2009, 09:56 PM
:hearts:

Langers
Jun 2nd, 2009, 06:52 AM
:inlove:

Working with Sven Groeneveld AND Darren Cahill! I hope that can continue because they are both outstanding coaches! :eek:

Spiritof42
Jun 2nd, 2009, 09:32 AM
Hey, that's a very nice little interview. :D She's looking (and sounding, with that girlish voice of hers) very cute in the video.

Q. What I wanted to ask you, what you had a passion, but he asked you 10 differentquestions, so now I know everything. Just let me know if you have a boyfriend so we know something new.

SORANA CÎRSTEA: Yeah, I already ‑‑ I mean, no, I don'thave any boyfriend.
Ah, the age-old question. The one the press needs to ask whenever a young, attractive player suddenly finds herself in the spotlight.

Amartolomeu
Jun 2nd, 2009, 10:04 PM
Hey, that's a very nice little interview. :D She's looking (and sounding, with that girlish voice of hers) very cute in the video.


Ah, the age-old question. The one the press needs to ask whenever a young, attractive player suddenly finds herself in the spotlight.

If she'll get through the Final I'll ask her to marry me ;):hearts::hearts::D

Amartolomeu
Jun 3rd, 2009, 12:45 AM
For romanian readers:

http://www.gsp.ro/sporturi/tenis/gsp-iti-prezinta-cum-si-a-petrecut-sorana-ziua-dupa-cea-mai-pretioasa-victorie-mic-dejun-pe-champs-elysees-141105.html

How did Sorana spent her day after her most precious victory.

Here is a lousy google translation:

http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=hp&hl=ro&js=n&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gsp.ro%2Fsporturi%2Ftenis%2Fgsp-iti-prezinta-cum-si-a-petrecut-sorana-ziua-dupa-cea-mai-pretioasa-victorie-mic-dejun-pe-champs-elysees-141105.html&sl=ro&tl=en&history_state0=

hellas719
Jun 3rd, 2009, 02:10 AM
Thanks:yeah:

Amartolomeu
Jun 3rd, 2009, 12:35 PM
Thanks:yeah:

Welcome! I'll try the next days to translate some very good articles about sorana which appeared in romanian mass-media last days. One of them is very touching!

Ananko.
Jun 3rd, 2009, 05:04 PM
Nastase predicts that Sorana can become number 1:

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/02062009/58/nastase-cirstea-number.html

hellas719
Jun 3rd, 2009, 08:51 PM
Ilie:yeah:

Ananko.
Jun 4th, 2009, 09:06 AM
Sorana speaks Spanish? :eek:

Coached by Alina Tecsor; fitness coach is Teo Cercel. Introduced to tennis at age 4 by mother, Liliana and father, Mihai; brother, Mihnea, is five years her junior. Full name is Sorana Mihaela Cirstea. Speaks Romanian, English and Spanish and is studying French. Likes all surfaces; favorite shot is forehand. Enjoys playing all ball sports, going shopping, watching movies, reading, doing crosswords and looking after her two parrots. Favorite cities are New York and London ("big cities with lots to do"). Self-described as ambitious, stubborn and happy. Most admires Steffi Graf. Goal is to reach Top 10.

Amartolomeu
Jun 5th, 2009, 04:15 PM
http://www.gsp.ro/sporturi/tenis/ilie-nastase-sa-inceapa-cu-top-10-apoi-poate-ajunge-si-numarul-unu-mondial-141482.html

Ilie Nastase: "My advice for her is to play double as well, in this way she could get trained much better. She should also think first to reach top ten and afterwards she will be able to become number 1 in the world. She barely won one tournament, it's difficult to pronounce ourselves now about her. In my opinion Sorana should wear shorter dresses in the next tournaments " :D lol

I think Nastase would kiss her too. :D

mashamaniac
Jun 5th, 2009, 04:21 PM
Why did nastase advice her to wear shorter dresses?? isn't her current one comfortable enough or is nastase looking forward to see more of her butt lol??!

Amartolomeu
Jun 5th, 2009, 04:27 PM
Why did nastase advice her to wear shorter dresses?? isn't her current one comfortable enough or is nastase looking forward to see more of her butt lol??!

Nastase is still twisted, like in the years he played. Very funny guy! :D

But I wouldn't mind the case in which Sorana would really take his advice and wear such dresses. :hearts::hearts::hearts:

hellas719
Jun 5th, 2009, 08:54 PM
Ilie:cool:
My great aunt always liked him. I never even know people in my family ever have heard of him:lol:

thadeuss
Aug 27th, 2009, 11:38 AM
here are a few recent articles about Sorana.. I've used google trante to translate them with few modifications..

GSP.ro Sorana Cirstea combines these days training with examination evidence Baccalaureate

Sorana interrupted U.S. Open Series tournaments to give the Baccalaureate. She came into the country immediately after being eliminated from Cincinnati. "I'm sorry I had to interrupt this series because I play well. I would have liked to be in Toronto and New Haven, but I missed the session because of summer tournaments, was not the case. It is better to him give now, as I still have fresh in mind all the information, "said Sorana. After going to Romanian and French, oral, written test yesterday came among the Romanian language and literature, which acknowledges it was the fear. Subject Soran allowed to choose to write about "Enigma Otiliei" novel that she read during the Roland Garros site. "I wrote about seven pages. More joking, more seriously, teachers have told me to stop," added Sorana. Three exems have passed, there are still three, Geography, Sports and English.

A week and a half is too much pause for a tennis player, so yesterday, after having passed the exam emotions, came to Bucharest to train. "In Tirgoviste I don't have hard court. I would have been easier", she added. In addition to the box of balls, two bags with racquets, Sorana had with her several books.

Friday, she will leave to U.S. to attend the U.S. Open, where she will be on the single main draw, and on the double, with Caroline Wozniacki. For the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, which begins on August 31, Sorana has a certain objective. "I want to be healthy and playing very well," she said. Enough for on important result.

She changed the shoes
When he came into the country, Sorana had to do a MRI to see what was happening to her right leg. "Everything is fine. I changed many surfaces this year. Plantar fasciata is a very common disease encountered at such times. And hard kill you, 'said Sorana. To escape these problems, it changed sports shoes, choosing one with higher sole, which mitigates the surface effects. Sorana was injured in the tournament in Los Angeles, where he reached the semifinals, but because of medical problems could not move very well.

Next Asia
When you enter during the U.S. Open, Sorana will lead to Amsterdam and then will go to Asia to attend the tournament in Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing. Depending on the results of these three contests, she will attend or not to Linz or Moscow. Then will follow one month free.

thadeuss
Aug 27th, 2009, 11:56 AM
an interview with her (24.08.2009)

Adevarul.ro Sorana Cârstea "I can beat anybody!"

Climbed 23 WTA place, the best ranking of her career, Sorana Cârstea (19 years) is very optimistic before the tournament in U.S. Open, which starts next week. After the good developments in recent tournaments, Sorana declare confident that she can beat any of the top players in the world.

Truth Sports: Did you prepare for U.S. Open disturbed that you Baccalaureate in this period?

Sorana Cârstea: School is important to me and had to make this sacrifice. But it is a little strange to make commuting between America and Romania, with books with you. I finish the Bac Wednesday and Thursday go to the U.S. Open, where I was, unfortunately, I'll have only a few days of accommodation.

You had a fantastic series of tournaments. It will help to approach this tournament in U.S. Open with bold objectives?

I've matured a lot and I feel I already play to another level. I worked hard in training and physical side and this gives results. I've got the shots and the force, this chapter is important when you whant to beat the top players. Frankly, I think I can beat anyone at this time. I hope I can prove this to the U.S. Open, where the cream of the tennis world comes.

How influenced boarding the top 25? Feel that the world looks different to the tours now?

I have another presence for sure, the people already know me. This gives me a good moral, but I'm aware that I have a lot to improve. I want 2010 to make a leap to top 10 and I think I can do this because I have not many points to defend in the start of the season.

Monica Niculescu exceed you the standings doubles and is nearly the top 20. How do you see competition with your former partner?

There is not a competition. She focuses more on the doubles, while I'm a simple player. I attend doubles just for fun and to improve my game to the net. The U.S. Open will be paired with Carol Wozniacki and hope to make a beautiful figure.

At Roland Garros and Wimbledon you have been encouraged by your parents in the stands. Come and the U.S. Open?

Mom was with me to the series of tournaments on cement in America, but now my parents will stay home because they are busy with business. In addition, I have with me all Adidas team, led by coaches Sven Groeneveld, Darren Cahill and Gyl Reyes, who takes care of my physical preparation. Anyway, I grew more and do not need to go with Mommy hand to hand all over(laughs) ....

Have you set timing until the end of the year?

Yes, largely. After U.S. Open I will lead a week to Amsterdam and then I'll go to a series of tournaments in Asia, in Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing. Depending on the results here, I will then decide if I participate in Linz or Moscow.

What expectations of the tournaments in Asia?

The first time I attend there and have some emotions. From what I've talked to other players, is very well in Asia because the organization is excellent and the athletes are treated royally. Unfortunately, there are always problems with accommodating the time zone. It will be an interesting experience anyway and wait to get there.

She dream of an exotic holiday with adversarele

At the end of October, Sorana plans to take a month vacation to relax after the season of her career loaded.

Partner of fun will be just some of adversaries they won on the field this year, Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki (center) (double her teammates, no. 8 WTA) and the Polish sisters Urszula (left) and Agnieska Radwanska (right ) (No. 13 WTA). "We are good friends among us, although we duel on the field several times this year. We want to go somewhere in an exotic island, where we isolate the courts for some time. We have not yet figured where to go were focus each for the U.S. Open, but we have time to make our program " dream with open eyes Sorana Cârstea.

thadeuss
Aug 27th, 2009, 12:17 PM
[QUOTE]Jump to the head! [in romanian seed payer = cap de serie (head of series) so the title it's a play of words]

Romanians are people with head. And not anyway, but to the major Grand Slam tournaments. Series head to Wimbledon, Victor Hanescu (28) and Sorana Cirstea (24) are again on the favorites list at the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year.

Romania had no such representation nor male nor female for almost ten years. Then, Ruxandra Dragomir, Irina Spîrlea, Andrei Pavel were on the list of heads of series. "It is sensational for Romanian tennis to have such occurrences. Sorana Cirstea and Victor Hanescu can accede without problems until 4R of the U.S. Open. With a little luck, beyond 4R ", said the FRT president, Ruxandra Dragomir, who is convinced that the playing surface at the U.S. Open will benefit greatly by Sorana.

The results during the last period brought Victor Hanescu and Sorana Cirstea in one aspect more than pleasant. Highest ranked Romanian in the global hierarchy hopes to honor their status as heads of series at the U.S. Open. Hane remained connected to American breeze and play the tournament in New Haven, where the tour of three .... Austrian Meltzer, score ...[this part was writen before the match with Meltzer..]

Sorana came to the country but to give the Baccalaureate exam. It starts today in New York determined to show that she's not randomly trying to enter the top 20 players in the world. "I do not make trouble with time zone, even if I returned to the country. In two days I will be back on track. I want to climb in the ATP rankings, but I'm not in a hurry. I take it one step at the time. I have more to show. In time the experience will come and then I will be a complete player, "said the 19 years youngster, which promises to show. "I will show a quality tennis, wherever I play. In central or secondary courts, Sorana completed.

She completed the baccalaureate
High school graduation exam was not a challenge for Sorana. She w3asn't nervous. And that was because she prepared well for it. "Okay, I finished with the baccalaureate. Last test I had in English, where I think I did well. I do not worry about the outcome. Waiting on Friday to find out what will be my final grade said Sorana. Moreover, before the exam she gave autographs to her colleagues.

"The best thing I did in geography. Long journeys on which I made the tournament every continent helped me much ", Sorana Cirstea[/QUOTE

hellas719
Aug 28th, 2009, 04:09 AM
Thanks ;)

Langers
Sep 1st, 2009, 12:45 PM
Thanks mate!

Well Hanescu got knocked out yesterday so lets hope Sorana fares a bit better for Romania. ;)

thadeuss
Sep 3rd, 2009, 11:39 AM
http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6638788
The Tennis Week Interview: Sorana Cirstea
Sorana Cirstea prepared for the US Open by hitting with a pair of former US Open champions: Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, her tennis idol.

"I was hitting with Andre before Stanford, LA and Cincinnati and I hit with Steffi before Indian Wells," Cirstea said. "Steffi came two times and hit with me and it really helped me a lot."

The 24th-seeded Cirstea showed the result of that training today when she overwhelmed Ayumia Morita, 6-1, 6-3, to reach the US Open second round where she will play Canada's Stephanie Dubois next.
http://picsrv.fashionweekdaily.com/?fif=/tennisweek/img_696_179254_4288.jpg&obj=iip,1.0&hei=268&wid=422
The 19-year-old from Bucharest is one of five Romanian women ranked inside the top 100 and if the seeds hold true to form she could play her friend, fellow adidas endorser and sometime travel partner Caroline Wozniacki in the third round in what would be a rematch of the Roland Garros round of 16. Cirstea knocked off three top 25 players in succession — Alize Cornet, Wozniacki and Jelena Jankovic — to reach the last eight.

Tennis Week caught up with Cirstea today for this interview.

Tennis Week: Sorana, I know you've been working with the adidas coaching team. Who have you been working with and how has it helped your game?

Sorana Cirstea: I am part of the adidas development team so I am working with Sven Groeneveld, Darren Cahill and doing fitness with Gil Reyes. I've been already four times in Vegas. I started working with Gil last year before the Olympics. I really started with Sven and Darren shortly before the French Open this year.

Tennis Week: How has that training helped your development? Have you hit with Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf in Vegas?

Sorana Cirstea: Since I got to start working with the team my game has changed completely. I think my mental (game) has changed more than my physical game. I love Vegas — it's my favorite place. I had the honor to hit with Steffi and Andre and just to be out there on the court hitting with them meant so much to me. I was hitting with Andre before Stanford, LA and Cincinnati and I hit with Steffi before Indian Wells. Steffi came two times and hit with me and it really helped me a lot.

Tennis Week: You've said Steffi was your tennis hero growing up. What influence did Steffi have on you? Where is your primary training base?

Sorana Cirstea: Because of Steffi I started playing tennis. I saw her playing on TV and I told my parents I want to be like her. Just to meet her and spend some time with her was a dream come true for me. I have been practicing in Vegas and Amsterdam — depends on where I am.

Tennis Week: I remember watching you lose to Kuznetsova in the second round of the Open last year and Kuznetsova said after that match that you were very talented, you just need to gain experience and learn how to play points. How would you compare yourself and your game a year ago to the player you are today?

Sorana Cirstea: Exactly. Everyone said I was very talented player, but maybe sometimes I was going a little bit crazy on court or not taking the right decision. I agree with Sveta: I needed to learn to play points and make good decisions. I think since last year I learned to be more disciplined and not rushing. Last year I was playing really good but in the right moments I wasn't taking the right decisions. I think I am more calm and more focused now and I think that's why my results are better.

Tennis Week: You had a very good run at Roland Garros. What did your success at the French Open do for you and for your confidence.

Sorana Cirstea: Of coure it did a lot for me. I went into French Open without having a very good year until May. So for the first time in my career I didn't think about the result. I just thought about playing my best tennis in every match. I was playing and better and better every match. I've had a really good run and since then my confidence is getting higher and also on court I think I have a different position and a different idea of what to do.

Tennis Week: You spoke about being calmer and more patient on court. How have you been able to develop that sense of competitive calm?

Sorana Cirstea: I wasn't calm before. I was going a little bit crazy and maybe talking too much. Since I started with the team and Gil it has helped calm ne. Gil is amazing and always talking to me and making me understand things. Since the French Open I don't focus on my mistakes as much as I did. Sometimes of course I have the frustration but I can focus on the points better now.

Tennis Week: Romania has a tennis tradition with Nastase and Tiriac. How did that tradition influence you and how popular is tennis in Romania these days?

Sorana Cirstea: Tennis was very popular when Nasatse and Tiriac were playing and also Pavel. After that, we really didn't have anyone for a while. Growing up we always had doubt would I get there or not? Because there weren't a lot of players. I was working hard and not thinking much and suddenly I was top 100. I think tennis is getting popular again in Romania and now again it is starting and we have like five girls in the top 100 and the boys are doing good. So it's getting really popular and I'm really happy to see that. Parents are getting their kids into tennis and now they start to think a bit more about tennis and people talk about tennis more so I think it is growing again.

Tennis Week: Did you know or hit with Spirlea growing up?

Sorana Cirstea: Not really I never met her because she is living in Italy. But I have a really, really close relationship with Dragomir. Now she is president of the federation and she has gone through the things I have gone through so to have someone who has been through it all is very helpful.

Tennis Week: You've said your goal is top 10, you've been as high as No. 23 and you are 26 now. What is your ultimate goal?

Sorana Cirstea: I always try to set goals that are small short-term goals I can achieve and when I get there I can put another goal. If I said No. 1 that's so far away, but if I say top 25 and then top 20 and then top 10 then it always gives me a goal to work for and it is like stepping stones. Now because I have been playing really well lately it's very important not to focus on one result but to focus on my game go as far as I can.

hellas719
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:00 PM
Thanks;)
I really can't wait to see Sori in the top 10 :drool:

thadeuss
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:19 PM
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2009-09-03/200909031252013749796.html?promo=personalization
Meet Sorana Cirstea, Romania's next superstar
Thursday, September 3, 2009
By Clair Maciel

When Sorana Cirstea had her breakthrough performance at Roland Garros this year, all eyes on the WTA Tour turned to the 19-year-old Romanian who was making a stir and fighting her way up the ranks with three straight wins over top players.

Ranked No. 41 in Paris, she notched wins over No. 21 seed Alize Cornet, No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 5 Jelena Jankovic before bowing out to No. 30 Sam Stosur in the quarterfinals.

And just to prove her French Open success was no fluke, her hot streak continued through the summer with a semifinal appearance in Los Angeles, where she defeated Wozniacki, Sabine Lisicki and No. 8 seed Agnieszka Radwanska before again falling to Stosur.

“Starting in Paris, everything was going well for me,” Cirstea said. “I began improving a lot, and beating top-10 players gave me a lot of confidence. I know now that when I play against top players, I know I can beat them anytime. I just have to focus on my game.”

But success didn't always come so easy. Cirstea started the 2009 season with a drought that stretched for six tournaments, but she finally began reaping the rewards of her hard work with her first win of the year in Marbella in April.

She attributes her turnaround to changes in her mentality and overall training regimen. And since she began working with the Adidas Player Development Program, which includes the all-star team of Darren Cahill, Sven Groeneveld and Gil Reyes, her performance has improved drastically.

“I’ve made a lot of changes, I’ve started to work with the Adidas team and I’ve seen a big difference in my game,” she said. “They told me to be more calm during matches and that I need to be more disciplined and control my emotions more. I used to talk to myself a lot during matches and get upset, but now that I’ve made all those changes, it’s helped me. I’ve been more calm and I’ve learned to take a more positive attitude on court.”

Coincidentally, Cirstea will again meet Wozniacki for the third time this summer in the third round of the US Open. And given her 2-1 edge in head-to-heads against the 19-year-old Dane, Cirstea should have a great deal of confidence as she heads into Saturday’s contest. The only difficult part will be looking past the fact that she’ll be playing against someone she considers a close friend.

“We are very good friends,” Cirstea said of Wozniacki. “I actually celebrated her birthday with her this year. But, you know, sometimes it happens that you play one player over and over, but you just have to focus on playing your game and not looking at who is on the other side of the net. When I’m on court and playing a friend, I just try to win and I don’t think about who I’m playing.”

On the court, Cirstea packs an unforgiving, heavy forehand that she can unleash at will during a baseline rally. But off the court, she has a kind, down-to-earth attitude about her, and usually has a smile on her face. The recent high school graduate is fluent in Romanian, English and Spanish and is currently studying French.

And like most teenagers, her favorite things to do during her down time are relaxing, going to the movies and shopping. So it’s no surprise that New York is one of her favorite cities to visit.

“I haven’t had much time yet in New York to go out and do anything, but when I do, I want to go shopping,” she said with a big smile. “I love to shop. Usually I always go someplace with nothing of mine and then I go home with so many things that I bought.”

Five Romanian women entered the US Open at the start of the tournament, but after the first round of play was complete, only Cirstea remained as the last hopeful for her country. And Romania has a lot to be proud of in her. After reaching a career-high No. 23 in August, she is the first Romanian woman to break the top 25 since Irina Spirlea (No. 7) and Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie (No. 15) in 1997. And her connection to former No. 1 and fellow countryman Ilie Nastase gives her a lot of inspiration as well.

“I’ve known Mr. Nastase for a long time,” she said. “He’s a legend in Romania. And tennis is getting really popular there, so it’s good to see.”

One thing is for sure, Cirstea has a lot to do with the sport’s growing popularity Romania, and if her success continues, it won’t be long before she’s the next big superstar in her home country.

I doubt she can became a superstar like Nastase, Hagi or Nadia Comaneci if she doesn't win a few Grand slams. It's true that she became more popular and there are more news about her and about tennis in general since RG but it's a long way to became a superstar in Romania if your not a footballer or the best in the world in 'other' sports.
Virginia Ruzici won a Slam and played a final but not many in Romania have heard of her...

hellas719
Sep 5th, 2009, 12:32 AM
Unfortunately I don't think she'll be like Nastase or Comaneci:sad:

teo_honey
Sep 5th, 2009, 11:37 AM
Well it's almost impossible to be like them, especially like Nadia. But Sorana can be a star herself. :)

hellas719
Sep 5th, 2009, 05:00 PM
How famous is Sorana now? How popular is she in Romania?

teo_honey
Sep 6th, 2009, 10:31 AM
For a tennis player, she's pretty big. But that doesn't mean much. She's only featured in sports news items. It's not like she gets invited to TV shows or anything like that. But she doesn't really have the time for that either. Anyway, I'm sure her popularity will grow as her results will improve. Looking forward to that!

hellas719
Sep 6th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Oh, okay;)

Meelis
Sep 19th, 2009, 10:39 AM
http://cornedbeefhash.wordpress.com/2009/09/07/sitting-down-with-sorana/

Sorana Cirstea is one of the most talked about up-and-comers on the WTA Tour, and the Romanian teenager has made her arrival known on the court this year with consistent results thanks to plenty of power tennis.
Cirstea’s big arrival came in Paris in May, when she upset Jelena Jankovic at the French Open and advanced to the quarterfinals (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/frenchopen/5423927/French-Open-2009-Jelena-Jankovic-upset-by-Sorana-Cirstea-at-Roland-Garros.html).
Not only is the 19-year-old’s game beautiful, she’s a gorgeous one herself. Cirstea fell in the third round (http://www.romaniantimes.at/news/Sports/2009-09-07/2742/Sorana_Cirstea_loses_in_doubles_and_singles_at_the _US_Open_) of the Open to doubles partner Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. But before all that happened, TSF sat down with the 26th-ranked player in the world at Mason’s Tennis Mart (http://masonstennis.com/), the official store of the U.S. Open, prior to the beginning of the tourney thanks to Wilson tour marketing manager (and former WTA pro (http://wilsontennis.wordpress.com/2009/05/19/meet-wilsons-tour-team/)) Tracy Almeda-Singian.
Here’s what Sorana had to say (and wear) at her Wilson signing:

TSF: So what do you think? Are you in love with New York City yet?!
Sorana Cirstea: It took an hour and a half to get to the hotel from the airport, so that’s all the New York I’ve seen so far!
We had dinner last night at a Japanese restaurant and then went straight to bed because of the time change.
But hopefully I’ll have time for shopping. Shopping is great here.

TSF: Speaking of shopping, are you going to hang around NYC to do any after the Open?
What else do you want to do while in the Big Apple?
SC: I really love the Broadway shows. We always go and see the shows in Vegas
when I practice there [with Steffi Graf]. We have planned to stay a few days after the tournament,
hopefully for one day of all shopping; from morning to night, just shopping!

TSF: What’s the deal at home?! Are you majorly famous in Romania or what?
SC: Now people recognize me there. When I’m in the mall with my friends everyone is looking at me.
I think it’s a good feeling because people appreciate you and know that you are working hard.
They recognize my results. In Romania, they haven’t had someone that late in a grand slam in a long time.
It was a nice achievement for me and I want to do it [advance to the quarterfinals] again soon.

TSF: What are you listening to right now on your iPod?
SC: I was just listening to Flo Rida “Spin My Head Right Round” in the car; that gets me pumped up!
It reminds me of The Hangover for some reason and I love that movie. It’s my favorite of the summer.

hellas719
Sep 20th, 2009, 02:00 AM
Thanks :D

thadeuss
Oct 3rd, 2009, 09:24 AM
Sorana will play for Romania at Hopman Cup ( with Victor Hanescu):bounce:

http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-sport/romania-returns-to-hopman-cup-action-20091003-gh0v.html
Romania returns to Hopman Cup action

Romania will field a team at Perth's Hopman Cup for the first time in 12 years with glamour teenager Sorana Cirstea and Victor Hanescu confirmed for the January 2-9 mixed teams event.

Cirstea, 19, has a current world ranking of 28 and made it through to the quarter-finals of this year's French Open before being bundled out by Australian Sam Stosur.

The pair could meet again at the Hopman Cup, with Australia to be represented by Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt.

Hanescu is ranked 28 in the world after reaching the quarter-finals in Doha, Casablanca, Hamburg and Kitzbuhel this year.

The 28-year-old reached the round of 16 at the French Open after beating world No.10 Gilles Simon.

Romania is the fourth team confirmed for the $1 million event, joining Australia, Russia (Elena Dementieva and Igor Andreev) and the US (Melanie Oudin and John Isner).

It is the first time Romania have competed in the event since Irina Spirlea and Dinu Pescariu teamed up in 1998.

hellas719
Oct 3rd, 2009, 04:15 PM
Nice team :cool:

the_tk
Oct 22nd, 2009, 12:48 PM
Someone speaks Romanian?

http://www.antena3.ro/sport/tenis/sorana-cirstea-are-ruptura-de-ligamente-si-nu-va-mai-juca-in-acest-an_83266.html

Look like the injury become more serious

teo_honey
Oct 22nd, 2009, 12:52 PM
Yeah, it says that at Moscow, during the match with Monica Niculescu, the ligaments in her knee broke because of an injection she had in order to relieve the pain from the injury in her foot. She was taken to the hospital and now her leg is in plaster for some time. Maybe it will require surgery.

hellas719
Oct 22nd, 2009, 10:59 PM
:scared:

the_tk
Oct 24th, 2009, 12:46 AM
I cannot believe she's in a cast right now. :rolleyes:
I did not understand the insistence to continue playing with the ongoing injury.
Too bad .. Sad way to end the season

I hope next season she'll do a significant upgrade in her game.
I believe in her talent.

We love you Sorana!!!
Recover quickly :hug::D;):)

Langers
Oct 25th, 2009, 10:58 AM
Sorana will play for Romania at Hopman Cup ( with Victor Hanescu):bounce:

http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-sport/romania-returns-to-hopman-cup-action-20091003-gh0v.html
Wow, that's terrific!! :worship:

I like this as it means I can see her play every match in singles and doubles. :yeah:

Hopman Cup has a nice line-up, Cirstea, Stosur, Dementieva, Oudin, Robson, nice mix.

Lets hope she's fit to play though. :o

thadeuss
Oct 25th, 2009, 11:07 AM
I've read in a newspaper that she needs at least 2 months before she can start the training again. The Hopman Cup starts in 2 Januray 2010 so it's a high probability she won't play there...:(

Langers
Oct 25th, 2009, 03:04 PM
Silly, silly Sorana! Why did she keep playing?!

Nikkiri
Oct 25th, 2009, 05:49 PM
Oh gosh. I didn't realize this was so serious. Silly girl should not have been playing :sad: Get well soon. Gosh thats awful.

Dav.
Oct 25th, 2009, 08:02 PM
Well, at least it proves she loves the game. :hug:

hellas719
Oct 26th, 2009, 04:07 AM
:sobbing:

the_tk
Oct 26th, 2009, 09:19 AM
Silly, silly Sorana! Why did she keep playing?!

i think that despite everything, we can't forget that she's still a 19 year old.
perhaps this decision is too big for her to decide
she has a professional team to help her and direct her in decisions like that.

HowardH
Oct 26th, 2009, 03:24 PM
This is why I don't like cortisone injections and the like. :sobbing: Pain is there for a reason- to tell you it's time to take it easy. One positive: Sorana will remember how much she loves playing tennis because of this injury. Sori :awww: :hug:. Get better.

ValTsunami
Oct 30th, 2009, 06:46 PM
Yeah, it says that at Moscow, during the match with Monica Niculescu, the ligaments in her knee broke because of an injection she had in order to relieve the pain from the injury in her foot. She was taken to the hospital and now her leg is in plaster for some time. Maybe it will require surgery.
That's not true, she's not broken her ligaments. She has problems at her heel and she will begin the trainings in one month.
http://www.sport365.ro/EXCLUSIV___Sorana_Cirstea_nu_are_ruptura_de_ligame nte-n109392.html - i don't have time now to translate that interview

Langers
Oct 31st, 2009, 02:29 PM
That's not true, she's not broken her ligaments. She has problems at her heel and she will begin the trainings in one month.
http://www.sport365.ro/EXCLUSIV___Sorana_Cirstea_nu_are_ruptura_de_ligame nte-n109392.html - i don't have time now to translate that interview
Phew! That's much better news.

So, barring any setbacks, she will play Hopman Cup. :yeah: Does she plan to play Sydney again also?

Nikkiri
Nov 2nd, 2009, 04:30 AM
So nothing happened to her knee? what a weird story to have started :unsure:

thadeuss
Nov 6th, 2009, 08:31 AM
http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/accidentata-la-calcai-sorana-cirstea-se-reface-acasa-la-targoviste-5070547

A plaster splint and a Burrbery boot substitute now for her adidas shoes that propelled the best Romanian player of the moment, Sorana Cîrstea (19 years, 43 WTA) in the tennis elite. The look of melancholy temporarily removed her wide smile of the past, because today the tennis is just admired on TV. In an armchair, with the TV remotecontrol in hand, she supports her friend Caroline Woszniacky who playes in Doha these days.

Sorana, the heel injury ruined your plans ...
Indeed, I was at the last tournament and I broke a strip of plantar fascia. It's not so serious as it say, I heard on TV all sorts of things, including that I have a torn ligament. It is just a torn strip from the heel and I have my foot in plaster state for a week and a half . Three weeks of recovery will come, after which I resume training. On the first place is health, and then tennis ...



Everyone wondered why you wanted to play in Moscow, given that you were slightly injured ...
That was my fault. I didn't want to play, but I felt better and I said, being the last tournament, to push myself a bit ... I even entered the court much better, with no pain. I think it was a sign, always when you think it is all good something will happen. It was a mistake from which I've learned ...

When you felt the first time that the injury bothers you?
When I was in Los Angeles. Then, the U.S. Open was good, I had no problems for about four weeks. The plantar fascia takes a long time before recovering. Now I took a six weeks rest, so that everything will be OK when I return to training.

How does the recovery period goes?
I'm not used to stay away from the tennis court. I thought however that I can be with my thoughts elsewhere away from tennis, but I can't. When I'm watching TV, I look at the Doha Masters ... Tennis is part of my life ...

Don't you get bored at home?
I thought I would get bored, but I find many things to do. However, in November I will go in Germany to make the recovery

Your place is 43 WTA but you proposed to be in Top20 at the end of the year ...
This is my first serious injury of my career. I do not want to risk, to have future problems. I wanted something else for the end of the season, but that's it.

How was 2009 overall?
It was a hard year, I had the baccalaureate, a difficult exam, which I had to take seriously, to learn, and it took me a lot of time. I finished the year as I started, meaning not too good ... I had some good results in mid-2009 at Rolland Garros (No - QF). I hope next year to be healthy and to play well!

thadeuss
Nov 6th, 2009, 09:57 AM
http://www.opentenis.ro/analize/sorana-cirstea-tenisul-este-un-sport-in-care-si-aspectul-conteaza.html

The best-ranked Romanian tennis player of the moment - Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea gave an exclusive interview to Tennis Open while participating in the "Select the sport suitable for your child" event, on which occasion she talked about her injury suffered at the end of the season and her targets drawn together with her coaches for the upcoming competitive year.

Open Tennis: Sorana, the event you support, and maybe for the future of Romanian tennis.

I am very glad we started to organize such events. When I was invited to attend I said I'll be the first to come because I understand the importance of such events for the Romanian sports. I'm glad that tennis has a stand, being an exceptional measure to promote the sport in Romania.



Open Tennis: Through your results you've became a model for children who want to embrace the sport. How do you feel as a role model?

I started looking at a tennis match that involve Stefi Graff, that was the moment when I told my parents that I want to became a tennis player. This should happen now to children: looking at sports and to create models. I am happy that I got to become a standard for the younger generation, now with more responsibility. When I started to practice this sport, this was one of my wishes, to try to get as up as can and to promote the sport. The more children do sports, the more higher is my satisfaction.

Open Tennis: You, at the age of the children attending this event, were very ambitious and you wanted very much to practice tennis. What were your motivations?

I started very early tennis. At that time I did not realize everything that happened and it was normal the things I was doing: I've always had an organized schedule since I was young and I practiced swimming, martial arts, went to school and also participating in tournaments. With such a time I felt like I made any sacrifice, and I think that I had a beautiful childhood, contrary to all assumptions, because they say that when peacticing a sport since early childhood. Indeed, a different childhood, but beautiful, and if I start again, I would follow the same path.


Open Tennis: Changing the subject a little to your career, and unfortunately, the injury you have suffered on the American-hard has affected you more than it had and the situation worsened. Why did you continued to participate?

I want to clarify this, I don't have a broken ligament as is was speculated in the press. I broke a plantar fascia strip from the heel. This injury started 2 months ago, then for 4 weeks the pain disappeared and I thought the problem was fixed. The pain reappeared when I participated in China (Beijing), at which point I had 2 tournaments played: Linz and Moscow. It was my fault that I continue to attend ,I had to come home, but is the first time when I'm injured and I did not know how to negotiate the situation. Until now I didn't experience such situations and I said that I'll be ok if a force a little bit. It was my mistake, I must learn from it and in the future when I have pains I'll have to stop for my own good.


Open Tennis: Now in what stage is your injury?

I need to explain this thing too. My leg is in plaster, is immobilized. The period of immobilizaton was 3 weeks, I have to keep the plaster a week and a half, then I have to focus on recovery, which will take 3 weeks, and normally on December 1, I should resume training.



Open Tennis: The year started poorly for you, went very well, culminating in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros and to the end the injury came. Dragging a line to the end of the season, which were the positive and the negative points?

Overall this year seems good, but could have been even better, especially since I started the year not too great and I finished in top form. Unfortunately, the beginning of the season was a mirror of the end. I had good results, here I refer primarily to the Roland Garros quarter, the tournament that I proved I can, I'am there in the world elite. It was an oscillating year, but I can say that I learned a lot and I hope I won't repeat the mistakes that I've made, and in 2010 to bring more joy and outstanding results.



Open Tennis: What are your goals that you have proposed togheter with your coaches for the following season, in the conditions that, at the beginning of the year you don't have any points to defend?

Exactly, until May I don't have any point to defend, but until then I want to get fully recovered and no longer have pains, because when I start, I want to be 100% fit. I want very much to improve my game and not put pressure on me. I will probably play a little more relaxed considering that I don't have to defend any point at the beginning of the season, but, honestly I don't believe very much in defending points but in repeating the good results.



Open Tennis: How do you relax now, the end of the year, after a difficult period in which beside the tournaments in which you participated, you had the Baccalaureate exam?

Indeed it was a difficult year from the scholar point of view because I had the Baccalaureate exam, and contrary to all speculations, I learned a lot because since I was young I wanted to have good marks because this is how my parents educated me. Basically I stopped the American series to tak the exam, then I returned to the USA, being a very tiring period. I think next year, considering that they will not be this type of impediments, I'll be able to pass more easily over obstacles.



Open Tennis: What is your intersezon timetable and what will be the tournaments that you will be present at the beginning of the year?

At present I hope everything goes well for me. Since I have not decided if I will do the recovery in the country or in Germany, I still tend to perform it abroad. Basically I'll go to recovery on November 12 and I will return on December 1, at which point I'll start training. Normally it requires that on December 1 to go to Las Vegas and after this period of preparation to go to Australia, but I don't know if this timetable will remain in effect. I'm sure that I'll start the 2010 season with the Hopman Cup. I am very happy that I'll join Victor Hanescu, is a competition that I follow every year and I wanted to play very much in Perth, Australia. It is very difficult to go there that because is reached only by invitation and I was very happy to hear the news that Romania was invited. I hope we do well in this competition. Then I'll play tournemant before the Australian Open.



Open Tennis: In a top made by the official WTA website your profle page ranked 13th, ahead of players such as Victoria Azarenka or Daniela Hantuchova. Why do you think you hav so much succes in the media?

I heard this recently , and normally I'm excited. After all, to be honest, we are where we are because of the fans so then everything is because of them, we try to give best of us. Tennis is a sport in which the appearance matter, but to reach the attention of the media you need to have good results, because if you are around Top100 no one will notice you. Indeed, I can say that the results mattered but also because of my open nature, I'm friendly and I always try to help and give back all that the tennis gave me.



Open Tennis: Besides Stefi Graff, you admire very much Andre Agassi, who is involved these days in a drug scandal. After this scandal have you changed your opinion about him?

Andre Agassi was, is and will remain an idol for me. This situation will not change my perception of him. I had the opportunity to know him, to play against him in Las Vegas while in training, and he's a champion in the true sense of the word, both on the field, as well as outside the field. Andre said he was not doped, but took drugs because of personal problems, so there is not a doping problem and didn't affect his sport performances, so for me he remains the same champion. I respect his decision, it was his desire to confess all these things to the media.



Open Tennis: It is known that between you and Caroline Woszniacky it's a very close relation of friendship. Did you talk to her during the champions tournament?

Yes it is. Caroline is one of the best friends of mine from the circit and I'm really happy for her results. I've watched every game she played in Doha, I talked before and after the tournament with her and she asked me if I go with her on vacation. Unfortunately, because of injury will no longer be going on holiday with her. I'm happy for her because I know how much she worked and the satisfactions that are there can't be compared to anything.

HowardH
Nov 6th, 2009, 01:54 PM
Sorana :hearts:. I like her answer for the Agassi question :yeah:. She is smooth. Nice to hear she will begin training in Dec.

hellas719
Nov 7th, 2009, 03:14 AM
Thanks so much :inlove:

Jekyll
Nov 7th, 2009, 02:55 PM
Thanks for the translation! :dance:

the_tk
Nov 8th, 2009, 08:31 AM
thanks :)
good to know that the injury is not so serious

the_tk
Nov 18th, 2009, 09:11 AM
Sorana's doubles partner - Wozniacki, will play doubles next year with Medina Garrigues

That means she need to cooperate now with another player..
i hope next year she will take doubles matches seriously
i think doubles can improve her single game a lot.

personally, i really don’t like Caro's game. she's one of the players that i Least enjoy watching
so for me that's great news. :bigwave:

Jekyll
Nov 18th, 2009, 09:26 AM
Sorana's doubles partner - Wozniacki, will play doubles next year with Medina Garrigues

That means she need to cooperate now with another player..
i hope next year she will take doubles matches seriously
i think doubles can improve her single game a lot.

personally, i really don’t like Caro's game. she's one of the players that i Least enjoy watching
so for me that's great news. :bigwave:

she played with Keplac in Barcelona and were runners up:

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/SEWTATour-Archive/posting/2009/1035/MDD.pdf

thadeuss
Nov 18th, 2009, 09:31 AM
I hope she will play doubles with a romanian (Niculescu, Olaru or Dulgheru).. or maybe with Kirilenko because they used to play togheter, and she's a good (and hot) doubles player :)

the_tk
Nov 18th, 2009, 10:07 AM
Sorana play doubles in the Romanian team? Or just singles?
Its good idea for her to play with her doubles partner from the Romanian team.


And playing with Kiri its great idea :worship:! you have my support!

thadeuss
Nov 18th, 2009, 10:32 AM
Sorana play doubles in the Romanian team?

Sorana played all 3 doubles matches at FedCup and played with 3 different players (Niculescu - lost, Olaru - won, & Buzărnescu - lost).

ValTsunami
Nov 18th, 2009, 11:20 AM
Sorana's doubles partner - Wozniacki, will play doubles next year with Medina Garrigues

That means she need to cooperate now with another player..
i hope next year she will take doubles matches seriously
i think doubles can improve her single game a lot.

personally, i really don’t like Caro's game. she's one of the players that i Least enjoy watching
so for me that's great news. :bigwave:

Who said that?

thadeuss
Nov 18th, 2009, 11:27 AM
Who said that?

http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=16816536&postcount=1

hellas719
Nov 19th, 2009, 03:31 AM
I think Sorana will do good with Niculescu ;)
Didn't they play together at the beginning of the season?

Langers
Nov 19th, 2009, 03:57 AM
I think Sorana will do good with Niculescu ;)
Didn't they play together at the beginning of the season?
Yeah she did, in Sydney and Melbourne. They had a good run in Sydney, won their first match in Melbourne (Niculescu was very good), lost thier second (Niculescu was very bad). :lol:

They're a good team though, Sori is always laughing and Niculescu is more serious.

ValTsunami
Nov 19th, 2009, 09:47 AM
I think Sorana will do good with Niculescu ;)
Didn't they play together at the beginning of the season?

I don't think she will play with Monica;).

hellas719
Nov 25th, 2009, 08:59 PM
http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gsp.ro%2Fsporturi%2Ftenis%2Fnim ic-despre-tenis-164683.html&sl=ro&tl=en

thadeuss
Dec 9th, 2009, 11:53 AM
http://www.gsp.ro/sporturi/tenis/gata-cu-recuperarea-166930.html

Sorana Cirstea fully recovered after the injury suffered in August at the Los Angeles tournamant.

In November she should have been on a beach in Mauritius ... At 7,900 km away from fog, rain and cold. Besides Caroline Wozniacki and Radwanska sisters. But last month she spent the time in the recovery room at Mogosoaia ... The reason? An injury at the plantar fascia in her right leg in August, at the tournament in Los Angeles.

After spliting her time between recovery exercises, cycling and swimming, Sorana can breathe easier, the medical examination revealed that all is well, the injury healed. Sorana has already started training. "I never stayed so long away from the court. Just waiting to go back. When you don't have something you realize that you are missing it!" said Sorana. Last Wednesday she to put her hand on the racquet again after a break of almost a month and a half. "I was happy to be back again on the court. I still play with fear! Every day I add five minutes of training and I hope it will be good," added Sorana. Today, Sorana went to Paris to join the adidas's staff and establish the strategy the next year.

Starting the season with Hopman Cup
Sorana will start next season with the Hopman Cup togheter with Victor Hanescu. The two of them will play the first match on 2 January , against Australia, which it is made of Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur. "Neither I nor Victor ever played mixed. It will be an interesting experience. I am very glad that I received an invitation," said Sorana. In 2010, in Perth beside Romania and Australia, there will be Russia, Britain, Spain, Germany, USA and Kazakhstan.

hellas719
Dec 10th, 2009, 04:27 AM
Thanks :D
Great to hear :bigclap:

HowardH
Dec 10th, 2009, 05:06 PM
Good news :drool:.

thadeuss
Dec 15th, 2009, 10:12 AM
Source (http://www.zimbio.com/Tennis/articles/fKEXD47tJzs/Aravane+Rezai+Jelena+Dokic+Sorana+Cirstea)
Aravane Rezai, Jelena Dokic & Sorana Cirstea Join Mouratoglou Tennis Academy


Continuing with the strong will of accompanying the big hopes of International Tennis to the highest level, the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy has strengthened its Elite Pros group with 3 new talents.

Former Coach of Marcos Baghdatis (ex ATP 8) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (World Junior Champion and WTA 27- April 09), Patrick MOURATOGLOU will start the 2010 season working with Aravane REZAI, 22 years old and ranked 25th WTA. This recent collaboration has already shown great results as with the victory of Aravane in the Masters of Bali, a prestigious tournament that gathers some of the best WTA players. Aravane concluded this season by climbing to the 25th position, the best WTA ranking of her career, and ended up as the 3rd best French player.

After her remarkable performance in Melbourne at the beginning of the 2009 season, making her comeback into the highest level, Jelena DOKIC (ex world N°4 in 2002) ended-up brightly this season at the 56th WTA position. Jelena confirmed her great level by claiming 2 ITF 100,000 $ tournaments (Athens and Poitiers). The Australian and her coach, Croatian Borna BIKIC, will now join the Mouratoglou Elite Pros group, surrounded by a dedicated team.

Roland-Garros’ quarter finalist, Sorana CIRSTEA, the young 19-year-old Romanian player, ranked 45th WTA had known an impressive improvement in 2009. Sorana has decided to pursue her evolution on the WTA tour for the 2010 season with the Mouratoglou Academy and its specialists. The Slovakian Vladimir PLATENIK (former coach of Dominika Cibulkova) willl also become part of the Elite Pros and will coach Sorana.

Five Elite Pros players and 6 Rising Players of the Mouratoglou Academy will be competing at the 2010 Australian Open.



So Sorana's new coach will be the former coach of Cibulkova, Vladimir PLATENIK. Does anyone know what kind of coach is he?

Acinolbaj
Dec 15th, 2009, 01:50 PM
Vladimir Platenik is a great trainer. ;) He started with Cibulkova when she was out of Top 300 and made it to 12 in the ranking with her. :)

teo_honey
Dec 15th, 2009, 03:24 PM
So has Sorana split with the Adidas team?
And why did Cibulkova split with this coach?

thadeuss
Dec 15th, 2009, 03:40 PM
So has Sorana split with the Adidas team?


No she didn't, as long she's sponsored by adidas she will be part of adidas team. But adidas development team helps all the adidas players so Sorana needed a coach of her own...I remember when Sorana played against Wozniacki, at RG, Groeneveld or any other adidas team member, wasn't allowed to give advices before the match to any of the two players. Adidas team is complementary to the players team not the players team..

The Adidas Player Program complements the players own team
The Adidas program was created with the spirit and vision of Adi Dassler in mind - helping tennis athletes reach their fullest potential via a collaborative effort and teamwork. In modern day sport, it is very unlikely that any one coach or mentor can provide all the expertise and insights that are required to become world class. The essence of the Adidas player program is that it strives to complement the player's own team with additional advice and motivation."

the_tk
Dec 15th, 2009, 11:05 PM
I love her collaboration with Groeneveld.
I once read something on his blog that he wrote about the collaboration with Sorana, it looks like they have a special understanding.
that's why i think her new coach will have to work more on the mental side of her…
But it's important that Sorana will have a coach of her own
along with the Adidas team.

I hope this change will be good :yeah:

thadeuss
Dec 28th, 2009, 12:21 PM
Sorana Cirstea confirmed her participation at the PTT Pattaya Open

Meanwhile, two of rising stars of women's tennis, Sabine Lisicki of Germany and Sorana Cirstea of Romania, have confirmed their participation in the US$220,000 PTT Pattaya Open at the Dusit Thani Pattaya from February 714. Lisicki and Cirstea will join defending champion and world No 9 Vera Zvonareva in the main draw.

Sabine Lisicki, who turned 20 this year, is the German No 1 and finished the year with a world ranking of 22 after beating Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki on her way to her maiden tour title, at Charleston. A Wimbledon quarterfinal confirmed her place among the elite.

Teenager Sorana Cirstea climbed to No 45 in the world after beating both Jankovic and Wozniacki to reach the French Open quarterfinals.

So she her schedule will be

January 3-9 : Hopman Cup (Perth, Australia)
January 10-16: Moorrilla Hobart International (Hobart, Australia)
January 18-30: Australian Open (Melbourne, Australia)
February 8-14: PTT Pattaya Women's Open (Pattaya City, Thailand)

and probably after Pattaya she will go to Dubai...

hellas719
Dec 28th, 2009, 06:10 PM
:)
I really think it'll be a good chance for her to win a title :drool:
Go Sori!! :bounce:

Will she play Fed Cup? And I'm assuming after Dubai she'll play Kuala Lumpur, no?

thadeuss
Dec 28th, 2009, 07:00 PM
Will she play Fed Cup? And I'm assuming after Dubai she'll play Kuala Lumpur, no?

Yeah she will play Fed Cup. I guess Sorana, Alexandra, Raluca and Monica will be part of the team...

leo830301
Dec 29th, 2009, 02:00 AM
I do agree with hellas ;)

Meelis
Dec 30th, 2009, 01:23 PM
Sorana is not in Pattaya entry list. She did enter Paris instead.

thadeuss
Dec 30th, 2009, 08:40 PM
@Meelis: she's on the official website of Pattaya Open...
http://www.pentanglepromotions.com/pattaya-open/players-2010.html

http://news.pattaya.com/data/admin/News/picture/pic1_10634.jpg

do you have the entry list for Paris?

hellas719
Dec 30th, 2009, 08:41 PM
That's wierd :scratch:

hellas719
Dec 30th, 2009, 08:41 PM
I don't want her to play Paris :(
She needs to play tournaments like Pattaya City to get ranking points :shrug:

Meelis
Dec 31st, 2009, 08:11 AM
@Meelis: she's on the official website of Pattaya Open...
http://www.pentanglepromotions.com/pattaya-open/players-2010.html

http://news.pattaya.com/data/admin/News/picture/pic1_10634.jpg

do you have the entry list for Paris?

I know that.

She never officially entered Pattaya :shrug:

Zvonareva, Lisicki, Dushevina and Peng are only top-50 players in Pattaya list.

Yes, I have. Sorana is 17th in Paris list, with priority 1.

Meelis
Dec 31st, 2009, 08:18 AM
I would have preferred to see her play Pattaya Open too.

thadeuss
Dec 31st, 2009, 08:57 AM
ok thanks Meelis

thadeuss
Jan 2nd, 2010, 04:58 AM
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/02/2784224.htm
Australia's Hopman Cup campaign got off to a bad start with Romania's Sorana Cirstea upsetting world number 13 Sam Stosur in the opening match on Saturday.

Cirstea lost the opening set before rebounding to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, coming from a break down in the final set.

Lleyton Hewitt will need to beat Victor Hanescu in the men's singles in order to keep the tie alive.

"I wasn't in good shape at the beginning but then it got better and better," world number 45 Cirstea said.

"After I won the second set and she broke me in the first game of the third set, I was like 'OK, not again.

"At one point I said I have nothing to lose, I'm the one coming from behind and I definitely enjoyed it.

"Playing Sam, I've never beaten her before and she's a very good player and playing in front of this crowd, I said I just have to go out there and enjoy it."

Stosur took the first set in 30 minutes but a double fault in the 10th game of the second handed 19-year-old Cirstea the set.

The Queenslander broke Cirstea in the opening game of the deciding set but the Romanian bravely fought back, breaking the Australian twice to set up a 5-3 lead.

Stosur staved off one of two match points but sent a forehand long to hand Cirstea the match and give Romania a 1-0 lead.

hellas719
Jan 2nd, 2010, 05:06 AM
Thanks :)

thadeuss
Jan 3rd, 2010, 02:00 PM
http://hopmancup.com/?id=103&NewsId=308
ROMANIA began Hyundai Hopman Cup XXII with an upset win over Australia and Sorana Cirstea and Victor Hanescu are now excited at what could be in store this week in Perth.

Cirstea lost the first set to world No. 13 Samantha Stosur, but the 45th ranked 19-year-old toughed it out to win in three. She did beat Jelena Jankovic, Agnieska Radwanska, Elena Dementieva, Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova during 2009, so Stosur wasn’t the highest ranked player she’s beaten, but she was still delighted with her effort to come back and win.

“It’s not about that I beat a player that is No. 13 because I’ve beat higher, but I beat Sam who I’ve never won against in my life. I’ve played her two times and she won both of them and then also coming after an injury and having less than 20 days of practice before I came here it’s more than I expected,” Cirstea said.

“She was playing very solidly and in the second set I started to especially read her serve and that was the key. Then I was fighting a lot and just hung in there, and was aggressive.”

Cirstea also starred in Romania’s mixed doubles win and it was the first time she had ever played it, making her efforts even more impressive and enjoyable for her.

“It was the first time I was playing mixed in my life so I did not really know what to expect,” she said.

“I went out there with no expectations just trying to do my best to keep my side and maybe let him do a bit more. I really enjoyed it and also the result was great, so it was a good day.”

Romania will now take on Spain on Tuesday night and the USA on Thursday, and Cirstea is looking forward to it.

“We’ve played the No. 1 seeds now and beat Australia who is an unbelievable team, and of course now we will try and stay the same by practicing well and recovering from this long day. Hopefully when we play against Spain we have a lot of energy and motivation.”

Hanescu lost his singles match to Hewitt in a third-set tie-break, but was happy with his performance to push the former world No. 1 before he suffered from some cramp late in the match.

“Of course we are very happy to win our first match here at Hopman Cup. We played against Australia, a very strong team, with very good players and we’re very happy,” Hanescu said.

“I played very well and I’m happy with how I played in the first match of the year. I’m a little bit tired because I came here three days ago, so I’m not 100 per cent fit right now. It was a great match.

“I started the first set with good energy and I had some chances with two or three break points, but finally he played better. I’m happy with the way I played and it was a good match.”

His cramp got to a point where he even fired off an under-arm serve during the third set tie-break, and it wasn’t his first time.

“I last did one in Paris and I won the point there.”

Romania looked terrific in the mixed doubles and Hanescu was glad he and Cirstea came out with the win despite the difficulties in adjusting to the Perth heat from the Romanian winter.

“We just went there to play and I tried my best. I was really tired, but finally we managed to win,” he said.

“It’s very difficult for us to come here and play, especially because it’s very humid. It was very hot for me and that’s why I was getting very tired at the end of the match.

“It’s still tight right now, but I will get a massage and some minerals, and some fluids and I hope to be well for the next few matches.”

hellas719
Jan 4th, 2010, 01:47 AM
Spain is definitely beatable ;)

thadeuss
Jan 6th, 2010, 08:12 AM
Sorana played an exh. match against Spain with Pat Cash
http://hopmancup.com/upload/images/media_releases/xxii/imgPatCashExtraRole.jpg

AUSTRALIAN tennis great Pat Cash didn’t intend on playing tennis on his return to the Hyundai Hopman Cup as this year’s VIP Guest, but he did just that as he partnered Romania’s Sorana Cirstea in the mixed doubles last night against Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Tommy Robredo.

Cash’s returned to Perth as VIP Guest after he played at Hopman Cup I and III, and that entailed speaking at the Topspin Club on Friday night, stints in the commentary box with ABC TV and taking in all of the action, but it took another twist after Victor Hanescu’s injury last night.

The Romanian was unable to finish his singles match with Tommy Robredo or take part in the mixed doubles, so who better to step up to the plate than the 1987 Wimbledon champion.

It has been a big few months for the 19-year-old Romanian. Cirstea met her idol Steffi Graf in Las Vegas last year and even hit with her and on several occasions with Graf’s husband Andre Agassi.

Add Cash to those names and her learning experience couldn’t be better. While Cash and Cirstea lost the hit out on the Burswood Dome, it was an enjoyable way to end the evening for those on and off the court. The Spaniards won eight games to four.

Cash also has the credentials to comment on this year’s Hopman Cup given he partnered Hana Mandlikova to make the Final at the first tournament and then played with Liz Smylie in 1991. He says this year’s Hyundai Hopman Cup is one of the closest he has seen, unable to pick a winner.

“There’s been some really tight matches and Spain pulled off an upset, or a minor upset I suppose, they played fantastic,” Cash said.

The mixed doubles has been the decider in three of the Ties and has been difficult for the players to get used to as most did not have time to train together. The players have been enjoying the mixed doubles with some of them choosing this tournament because of the extra match.

the_tk
Jan 25th, 2010, 08:00 AM
No she didn't, as long she's sponsored by adidas she will be part of adidas team. But adidas development team helps all the adidas players so Sorana needed a coach of her own...I remember when Sorana played against Wozniacki, at RG, Groeneveld or any other adidas team member, wasn't allowed to give advices before the match to any of the two players. Adidas team is complementary to the players team not the players team..


Apparently Sorana is no longer a part of the Adidas team
according to their blog:

After finishing the meeting and going over the schedule, Mats and I went over to see one of our players from last year, Sorana Cirstea

Sorana is now working with the Patrick Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Paris, France. Our team is different because we are a team of advisers and consultants and advise players and their teams on their on- and off-court development. The Mouratoglou team is a real tennis academy that supports the players year-round, and they have decided to invest into the best players in the world to create champions. They started last year and have a big group of players who are now calling Paris their home base.

Although no longer part of our team, she is still sponsored by adidas and is a player of the future. We believe with the new structure she will get more continuous support during the year, which we could not provide. Unfortunately she lost, but looking at her movement she is still a month or two away from her best. Sorana was in a cast for six weeks at the end of last year, and to see where she is now, it’s easy to see her team has done a great job to get her ready for the Oz Open.

http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/?p=750

teo_honey
Jan 25th, 2010, 03:12 PM
Hopefully it proves to be a wise decision from her... Although so far I don't know what to say.

Stevecw
Jan 25th, 2010, 09:03 PM
Oh interesting news

Hard to know yet whether its a good move or not. Time will tell i guess.

frenchie
Jan 25th, 2010, 09:09 PM
Moratoglou is a horrible coach
He is a ballbashing gourou

the_tk
Jan 26th, 2010, 12:09 PM
She worked with Adidas team only in the second part of last year, and it was her better part.
she has improved a lot the past six months
and it seemed like she had a great chemistry with Groeneveld.
i don't understand her decision... i hope it's not a reckless decision
and everything will work out fine

ValTsunami
Jan 27th, 2010, 10:07 AM
Moratoglou is a horrible coach
He is a ballbashing gourou

Doesn't matter, her coach is Platenik, not Mouratoglou:D.

thadeuss
Feb 7th, 2010, 01:20 PM
WTA Paris

R1
[3]WICKMAYER, Y. (BEL) vs. WC - MARTIC, P. (CRO)
SZAVAY, A. (HUN) vs. GOVORTSOVA, O. (BLR)
OUDIN, M. (USA) vs. CIRSTEA, S. (ROU)
SCHNYDER, P. (SUI) vs. [7] RAZZANO, V. (FRA)

the_tk
Feb 9th, 2010, 07:54 AM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/blog/20100208/sorana-cirsteas-paris-blog_2257191_1959786

hellas719
Feb 9th, 2010, 09:40 PM
Well she probably won't have a lot more entries :(

the_tk
Feb 10th, 2010, 12:38 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/blog/20100209/sorana-cirsteas-paris-blog_2257191_1959786

"Even though I lost to Melanie today I finally feel like I found my game. I really feel like I'm getting back on track" :tape::tape::tape::help:

hellas719
Feb 10th, 2010, 03:57 PM
:spit:

hellas719
Feb 11th, 2010, 06:29 PM
Here are all her blog entries from Paris:

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/javaImages/48/8b/0,,12781~8489800,00.jpg

Monday, February 8, 2010

Hello everyone :)

I've been based in Paris since December and it has become one of my favorite cities. It has a nice atmosphere. I'm trying to learn the city, finding restaurants and shops... I've been to a lot of places, like yesterday we went out and walked back on the Champs-Élysées, it was beautiful, full of people even on a Sunday night... There's a restaurant I want to go to, Ciel du Paris, maybe tonight!

I love Paris because of the style too. There are some great shops and lots of classic styles. I love the language, too. Everyone speaks to me in French here and I have the basics, because I've been learning it for years, but if it's too complicated I speak to them in English :)

My academy is 30 to 45 minutes from Paris. When I train there I stay there and I love it. I've never been in an academy before and the people there are so happy - it's unbelievable training. But whenever I want I can come into the city - afternoons, evenings, weekends... I'm always back and forth.

I feel good about the tournament. It's my second year in a row here and it's a Gaz de France tournament - I'm sponsored by them - so I'm happy. I have a tough first match against Melanie Oudin tomorrow. I played her in Hopman Cup this year and lost. She's very solid. I'll just focus on my side of the court.

I'll take the afternoon off and relax today, have a nice dinner... I'll try another restaurant probably, I love going out for dinner!

Talk to you all again tomorrow,

Sorana

hellas719
Feb 11th, 2010, 06:30 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/javaImages/9f/b6/0,,12781~8500895,00.jpg

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Even though I lost to Melanie today I finally feel like I found my game. I really feel like I'm getting back on track. I have to take the positive things out of the defeat and start to get ready for Dubai. I have a flight to Dubai on Friday - so I am going to practice here in Paris for a few days before I take my flight.

My brother and dad are here in Paris with me so I'm going to try to take the opportunity to enjoy the city with them before I head to Dubai. I will stay here in the center of Paris instead of going to train at Mourataglou - it's easier to be here, but I love going to the academy when I can. I will try to go to the Louvre tomorrow with my dad and my brother. I have already been but they haven't. Then I will practice once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

I went for dinner last night at Barrio Latino - which has the same owner as Buddha Bar - it had a really nice atmosphere. People were dancing, which was really nice to watch. But I didn't dance - I was just there to eat!

One of the things I am most happy about is that my foot is feeling much better. It was giving me a lot of pain at the end of last year and was really bad in the off-season. Not many people know this but I was away for seven weeks and could only practice for two weeks before the Australian Open. Even after that I still had pain, so I didn't play Fed Cup. But here I already feel much better. I can push and play without thinking. Now everything is good and I feel pretty positive. At the end of the day, it's just a match, there have been a lot of changes in my life recently, and I'm just glad to be playing without pain.

The weather here is crazy. Last night my mother was sending me pictures from back home and there was half a meter of snow. When I woke up this morning and opened the curtains I thought to myself that Bucharest just moved to Paris.

It will be nice to get back into the sunshine in Dubai, especially for me as I love the sunshine.

Speak to you later in the week, when I'll tell you about my Paris adventures, and more food!

Sorana

hellas719
Feb 11th, 2010, 06:30 PM
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

So I have been practicing really hard these past two days in Paris since I last wrote. A practice in the morning followed by fitness work, and then practice in the afternoon. Unfortunately I didn't have time to go to the Louvre with my dad and brother yesterday so we went to the Eiffel Tower instead. It was a pity for them to miss the Louvre, but they will get another chance next year!

Yesterday evening we went to this amazing French streak restaurant called l'Entrecote. They have this unbelievable sauce there for the steak, it was delicious, I had never tried anything like it before. The restaurant doesn't take reservations and you have people waiting in line, just to try this wonderful sauce!

Afterwards, it was really funny, we went to Haagen-Dazs and asked for the biggest ice cream possible. When we came out, at about 10:30pm, it was snowing and freezing cold. People were looking at us like we were crazy. We were laughing so much, it took us about half an hour to eat it, it was so huge.

Today I have just finished practice and we are taking a break in Starbucks, to warm up as is so cold outside! And then I will practice again this afternoon. My practice is going really well. Now I am at Mouratoglou I am trying to change a few things and be more aggressive with my game. It will take a little while to settle in but I'm really happy with how things are going at the moment and looking forward to putting it into match play at my next tournament.

I can't wait to get to Dubai, mainly because of the weather. It's so cold here, it's unbelievable. I leave tomorrow lunchtime and I'm looking forward to the heat and to actually sweating a little bit again! I am signing off from Paris so I hope you enjoyed my blog. I tried to make it more about my life off court, so I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it!

Sorana

Meelis
Mar 29th, 2010, 12:59 PM
The Sorana Cirstea Question (http://www.thedailyforehand.com/2010/3/26/1391126/the-sorana-cirstea-question)

by Ben Rothenberg on Mar 26, 2010

In the summer of 2009, Sorana Cirstea looked poised to become the new tennis "It Girl." With Ana Ivanovic vacating her throne through a prolonged spell of poor results, the19-year old Romanian had the game, the exotic origins, and the looks to fill that void.

A surprising run to the quarterfinals of the French Open made Cirstea look like an even surer bet to be the next big thing. She was unseeded and ranked outside the top forty, but upset both Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Jankovic before losing to Samantha Stosur. The rest of her summer wasn't spectacular, but it did include wins over quality opponents like Wozniacki, Sabine Lisicki, and Agnieszka Radwanska, all of which came during a run to the semifinals in Los Angeles.

Cirstea went into the 2009 US Open with a career high ranking and seed of #24. She lived up to that seed, but fell in the third round to Wozniacki.

From then on, it's been a rough ride for her. Cirstea failed to win another match the rest of 2009, going 0-5 and dropping out of the top thirty. Her early 2010 has been not much better, seeing her post a record of 3-8 that includes wins over #92 Kaia Kanepi and #142 Olivia Rogowska, neither of whom are particularly important feathers in anyone's cap. She has been bageled twice, by Melanie Oudin and Sharon Fichman, neither of whom are known for dominating matches on a regular basis.

Last night in Miami was another loss for Cirstea, albeit a respectable 6-4, 6-3 loss to #3 Venus Williams, who remains my pick to win this tournament. But a respectable loss is still a loss, a pattern which is becoming more and more prevalent in Cirstea's career.

So what happened to derail Cirstea's shooting star? It could be any number of things. Seeing a player she's beaten like Caroline Wozniacki Cirstea's game also never built in any real margin for error, meaning that even a slight loss of form could mean that everything is completely off. She had a fairly slow start to last year as well, but as she played more she got into a rhythm that eventually hit its peak at the French Open. But is that the one peak Sorana Cirstea will experience in her entire career?

It may seem cruel to say that this player who is still a teenager for another couple weeks may already have peaked, but that's the way tennis works.

I now turn the question over to you--Is Sorana Cirstea's best ahead of her, or already behind her?

ValTsunami
Mar 30th, 2010, 06:45 AM
Sorana has a new coach - Antonio van Grichen.

Natash.
Mar 30th, 2010, 06:53 AM
Great coaching decision for Sorana. :)

Meelis
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:46 PM
Good news.

hellas719
Mar 30th, 2010, 11:47 PM
Azarenka and Zvonareva's old coach :p

the_tk
Mar 31st, 2010, 07:12 AM
that's great news!
He did a Great job with Azarenka

the_tk
Apr 4th, 2010, 06:52 AM
Sorana on twitter now :)

http://twitter.com/SoranaCirstea

leo830301
Apr 4th, 2010, 09:53 AM
Sorana has a new coach - Antonio van Grichen.

Good News!
Multumesc!

leo830301
Apr 4th, 2010, 09:53 AM
Sorana on twitter now :)

http://twitter.com/SoranaCirstea

Thanks for the information!

the_tk
Apr 4th, 2010, 05:57 PM
What do you think?
this is Sorana real twitter?
i'm not sure :unsure:

Nena_xxx
Apr 9th, 2010, 08:52 PM
Found this on sonyericsonwtatour.com
You probably read this, but I'll post it anyway

Happy Birthday, Sorana!


http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/javaImages/5d/25/0,,12781~8725853,00.jpg
MARBELLA, Spain - One of the brightest young stars on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour officially stepped into a new decade on Wednesday, April 7 in Marbella, as Sorana Cirstea celebrated her 20th birthday.

Cirstea got a serenade from players in the restaurant upon receiving her cake. It followed an even bigger birthday surprise at her hotel in the morning.

"First I was woken with flowers from my agents at 8:15, then there was another knock on my door at 8:30 and my mother, brother and best friend had made a surprise visit to Marbella to wish me Happy Birthday! It's different now because I am changing the number in front, but I have 10 years to get used to it."

Cirstea was one of only three teenagers in the world's Top 40, and now leaves Caroline Wozniacki and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as the only teens in that elite. Wozniacki turns 20 in July; Pavlyuchenkova turns 19 in July.

Currently ranked No.36, Cirstea has been as high as No.23. She has three Tour titles, one in singles (Tashkent in 2008) and two in doubles (Luxembourg and Fès in 2008). Over the weekend she began working with a new coach, Antonio Van Grichen, who has worked with Victoria Azarenka and Vera Zvonareva.

the_tk
Apr 10th, 2010, 11:10 AM
thanks :)

leo830301
Apr 10th, 2010, 03:06 PM
Thanks!

the_tk
Apr 14th, 2010, 10:07 AM
http://www.imgworld.com/press_room/fullstory.sps?iType=13708&iNewsid=6648131&iCategoryID=12542

from: http://twitter.com/VanGrichen/status/12123954839

I put the source because i noticed when they mention Sorana they never put direct link to her Twitter.
That’s another reason to think that maybe its not her after all :shrug:

the_tk
May 16th, 2010, 09:09 AM
http://twitter.com/MiguelSeabra/status/14048530266
António @VanGrichen in Lisbon trying to heal back injury w/ treatment but surgery a possibility; meantime, SoranaCirstea with AdidasCoaching

Sori back to practice with Adidas program?
no more mouratoglou academy?

the_tk
May 18th, 2010, 07:31 PM
Sven Groeneveld from the Adidas team writes a daily blog from the tournaments..
He talks about Sori.. there are also pictures and videos.
Very fun to read!
If you don’t know, Sori is now back with Adidas team.
Her coach has a back injury, is at home in treatments. Maybe even surgery :/

So in the coming weeks she will practice with them.
which makes me wonder - Why the hell she is still in that academy? :confused:


http://blog.tennisdirect.nl/

the_tk
May 18th, 2010, 08:04 PM
What do you thing about all the changes that Sori having with her coaching staff?
Do you thing that’s the problem?
She really slumping for a while.. but today was a new low.. :help:

In my opinion, probably the main problem is the instability from the coaching point.
with the new coach, the academy, and the Adidas team, it seems like too many people, too many advices.. and opinions. :rolleyes:

I don’t understand why she needs all of that…
A month ago she was in the mouratoglou academy working with with their staff.
Two weeks ago she was in Estoril with her coach, Van Grichen.
And now she's with Adidas team.
like a ball that passes from hand to hand. :tape::confused:

Spiritof42
May 18th, 2010, 08:16 PM
Sorana seems to be lacking direction at the moment, and the coaching situation is not helping.

Adidas are probably only filling in because of Antonio's absence. Antonio only started working with her recently, and it's a pity he can't be with her right now because of his back injury. I'm used to hearing about players needing surgery, not coaches. :unsure:

I believe she should stay away from the Mouratoglou Academy of Ballbashing. I don't think their approach is right for her.

thadeuss
May 20th, 2010, 08:33 AM
guys Sorana will be live on Wilson Tennis TV in 2 days and you can ask her questions ;)

http://www.ustream.tv/user/wilsontennis
05/22/2010 4:30 AM PT Sorana Cirstea will join us live from Paris and answer your questions. Last year, Sorana reached

Nena_xxx
Jun 6th, 2010, 03:53 PM
I heard on some Serbian tv stations and read in some newspapers that it seems that Sorana is with Ana (Ivanovic) in Belgrade. I think that they are enjoying some time off, not training. Ana said that she is sorry for bad weather and she can't show Sorana everything she wanted in Belgrade.

Langers
Jun 10th, 2010, 09:08 AM
Ana. :rolleyes: Is sure she's going to make it back to the top, yet regularly takes time off to 'recharge'. Recharge what I'm not exactly sure because her lack of matches shouldn't really take it out of her.

the_tk
Jun 15th, 2010, 06:27 AM
I heard on some Serbian tv stations and read in some newspapers that it seems that Sorana is with Ana (Ivanovic) in Belgrade. I think that they are enjoying some time off, not training. Ana said that she is sorry for bad weather and she can't show Sorana everything she wanted in Belgrade.


Yes, Ana mentioned it in her official blog/diary
nice :)

the_tk
Jun 17th, 2010, 11:34 AM
Good news: :cheer:

Sori is out of the Mouratoglou academy :worship: better late than never!
Now she's back with the Adidas team once again, and waiting for the recovery of her coach Antonio Van Grichen.

Langers
Jun 22nd, 2010, 06:18 AM
Good news: :cheer:

Sori is out of the Mouratoglou academy :worship: better late than never!
Now she's back with the Adidas team once again, and waiting for the recovery of her coach Antonio Van Grichen.
That really didn't last long did it? :lol:

the_tk
Sep 24th, 2010, 08:33 AM
http://weeklyseven.com/sports/2010/september/23/net-gains

“I feel my game is very [improved],” she says. “I’m playing much better than I was playing last year. I’ve improved in areas that I should, and I think it’s just a matter of confidence to getting back to where I was. To be honest, I’m really relaxed because I know it will come with hard work and positive attitude.”

Really, Sorana? Really? :smash:

Curcubeu
Sep 24th, 2010, 02:58 PM
Could it be, that she is a bit too relaxed. :rolleyes:

I read the article and it sounded like she just overcame her crisis, but in fact she lost last week against the 34-year old Mashona Washington, who is currently ranked on position 356 of the world ranking. :rolls:

That is really kind of ridiculous, but also admirable to be so cool after the most awful defeat of your life.

I really hope that she will make use of the winter break to come steadily back to her old form, leave the Adidas development team, work hard with ONE coach by herself and finally gain back some confidence, because like she said, she doesn't know how to handle time spans, when everything goes wrong, because she never had them before. Since becoming a professional, she climbed the rankins up to place #23, so she didn't know the feeling of being down and desperate and thus, doesn't know how to become successful again.

Please come back Sori and wake up, the WTA tour misses you. :bounce:

Curcubeu
Oct 13th, 2010, 08:12 PM
http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/sorana-sunt-mult-mai-buna-decat-in-2009-7471135

I know the interview is in Romanian, but in the headline she claims again that she plays now much better than in 2009 :o

Maybe she talks about her training, because in the tournaments she was regularly eliminated in first rounds. :shrug:
In the last question, she is asked if she could imagine to beat Wozniacki another time and she is sure to be able to beat any player with her game. So, it seems that she is self-confident, but the match today proved the opposite.

By the way, awful outfit...

Jekyll
Oct 13th, 2010, 09:00 PM
OMG she is totally insane! :tape:

vuhvuh
Oct 13th, 2010, 09:12 PM
mrjekyll look at the article i posted

Jekyll
Oct 13th, 2010, 09:14 PM
yep I've just red it. She must be very frustrated to not be able to show her level of the trainings :shrug:

step by step but now she has to fix many mental and tactical things

the_tk
Oct 14th, 2010, 09:46 AM
http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/sorana-sunt-mult-mai-buna-decat-in-2009-7471135

I know the interview is in Romanian, but in the headline she claims again that she plays now much better than in 2009 :o

Maybe she talks about her training, because in the tournaments she was regularly eliminated in first rounds. :shrug:
In the last question, she is asked if she could imagine to beat Wozniacki another time and she is sure to be able to beat any player with her game. So, it seems that she is self-confident, but the match today proved the opposite.

By the way, awful outfit...

:help::help::help::help::help::help::help::help::h elp::help::help:
She's delusional!
somebody needs to slap her in the face to wake her up.
What the f*** she's talking about?!?!?!?

the_tk
Oct 14th, 2010, 10:00 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob3XCa5zlC8
Here's an interview with Ana after the match
she says very nice things about Sori
honestly, I not a fan of Ana (all those ajde and fist pump are :fiery: )
but she sounds very sincere here and a good friend.
She also wrote nice things about Sori in her Facebook.
that's nice :)

vuhvuh
Oct 14th, 2010, 11:28 AM
the_tk Ana is the nicest person!!! she os so adorable and charming and Sori too that´s why they ´re such good friend!!

Curcubeu
Dec 28th, 2010, 07:27 PM
In pleasant anticipation to the upcoming season, Romanian newspaper prosport has published this article with a short description of all Romanian tennis girls! :)

http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?from=ro&to=en&a=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.prosport.ro%2Falte-sporturi%2Ftenis%2Ffrumoase-sunt-victoriile-le-lipsesc-foto-avem-printre-cele-mai-sexy-tenismene-din-lume-7842970

Like the headline says: We have the most beautiful tennis players, though there is no superstar among them. :lol:

the_tk
Jan 27th, 2011, 08:40 PM
What do you think about this?
http://cowbell.typepad.com/forty_deuce/2011/01/pic-this-concerned.html

she really lost a lot of weight

Curcubeu
Jan 27th, 2011, 09:07 PM
Oh yes, directly comparing it to the photo above! :eek:

Well, we must see how she plays during the next couple of months to see if it's good for her or not. Concerning the match against Peer, I would say that she improved again, but we have to wait... :shrug:

Stevecw
Jan 27th, 2011, 09:12 PM
Yes she has lost too much weight too soon, it's not good :( I already posted about this on one of her threads.

thadeuss
Feb 26th, 2011, 07:36 PM
Sorana Cirstea, a lovely girl
http://abiertomextenis.com.mx/noticias/199-sorana-cirstea-una-chica-encantadora

Difficult situation that lived on the track yesterday Romanian Sorana Cirstea, the score did not helped him this time, "I made many mistakes because he did not have them, I should be more aggressive and get more," he said in perfect Spanish.

http://abiertomextenis.com.mx/images/stories/noticias/generales_93.jpg
With a feeling some discomfort and told us about the player, who was overtaken by the Spanish Laura Pous-Tio, 6-2, 6-1.
"I feel terrible, not playing well and I'm disappointed because I expected move to the next round."
What did I miss today to move forward?"I miss being more aggressive, give me courage that did not happen, because I knew I had to do."

In trying to distract Cirstea of what had happened, asked what was on vacation, and a change of attitude brightened his face: "I like being at home because I have little time to spend with my family sometimes accompany me, but can not always be as it is complicated, I have a brother and have to be with him. " On the relationship he has been with his brother, he smiles and says, "now is very good, because before it was more complicated, he has 16 years, we are very close and I am happy to be with him."

On the activities you like to do in his spare time, said "I enjoy reading a good book (novel), but has no favorite author, she seeks to distract and keep your mind busy."

He likes all kinds of food, its greatest weakness is ice cream, "no matter what they are, I love them"
A Cirsteafascinated with sports that have to do with the ball, said he much fun, his favorite is the handball, which claims to be very good.

Their bands Sin Bandera and Camilla, the favorite spot of your home is your bedroom, and one of their biggest fears is to fail to meet their dreams glad you all, its motto might be "to live is a great reason to smile" , is considered a very happy person and enjoy all the beautiful things that gives life, every moment must be lived fully, since the pace of life and travel, there to enjoy. Consider the city of Las Vegas as their second home

On an average day what makes Cirstea?, But may vary if you have competition, usually trains about 3 hours and 2 gym, then followed by the recovery which is very important and enjoying dinner with family, friends and see a show, yes, try to read a little before bedtime. It is considered a Shopaholic, says the girl "buy a lot when I'm upset, I'm going to Mol and close my eyespurchases, do not even want to see. " "I love the bags and clothes, but shoes, I have many I can use because they are very high and I have to be careful not to hurt me"

It wants most now is to go on holiday, because last year did not break, be with his family is his priority after tennis.

Sorana Cirstea, a young professional tennis also, painting to a polyglot, speaks three languages, Romanian, English, Spanish and is studying French, has just completed his studies in school and enjoy a beautiful smile that makes every day.

Curcubeu
Feb 26th, 2011, 07:41 PM
The translator makes Sori a "he"! :hysteric:

Villaran
Feb 26th, 2011, 08:58 PM
The translator makes Sori a "he"! :hysteric:

Jajajajajajajajajajajaja, well, but we understand the text XD
She is perfect :D

Jekyll
Feb 27th, 2011, 02:14 AM
aRopVeQ_9lo

She speaks almost perfect!:hearts: But a strong southamerican accent! :lol:

Meelis
Feb 27th, 2011, 02:16 AM
She speaks almost perfect!:hearts: But a strong southamerican accent! :lol:

Supposedly she learned Spanish watching telenovelas, so natural :lol:

Curcubeu
Feb 27th, 2011, 08:15 AM
When I first saw her, I also thought she looks like a Latina! :lol:

Villaran
Feb 27th, 2011, 12:57 PM
aRopVeQ_9lo

She speaks almost perfect!:hearts: But a strong southamerican accent! :lol:

Yo subí ese video jajajajaja

vuhvuh
Mar 17th, 2011, 03:40 PM
Sori will be in the wta show with other 5 players including Keothavong, MAttek, Cibulkova, Lisicki and one more. It begins next monday more here http://www.facebook.com/xperiahotshots

Langers
Aug 3rd, 2011, 07:55 AM
Wasn't quite sure where to put this, but some interesting Facebook posts by Sorana today:

Lost yesterday,but for the first time in my life im actually in peace and not putting myself down after the lose.I know with hard work and discipline it will come soon...love,Sori

On the other hand tonight got into a talk with the person next to me on the plane.And as we are talking he tells me he has cancer...coudnt think straight the whole flight after,i was in shock.Im a very private person,and sometimes i can be considered cold and in my own world but this is one of the reasons im like this.I get to touched and affected by other people storys and problems.Their issues stay with me way to much unfortunatlly as soon as i get involved...
:hug:

Villaran
Aug 3rd, 2011, 02:29 PM
For this thing I love Sori!!!!!! ♥

Jekyll
Aug 3rd, 2011, 03:00 PM
For this thing I love Sori!!!!!! ♥

me too <3 x 100

she is lovely

hellas719
Aug 4th, 2011, 04:49 AM
Is there a St.Sorana in the Romanian Orthodox Church? :unsure:
If not, I nominate her :bowdown:

Stevecw
Aug 5th, 2011, 06:40 PM
Vote for Sori to win that hotshots thing
http://www.facebook.com/xperiahotshots?sk=app_123063087773739

dams44
Sep 22nd, 2011, 12:16 AM
Sorana Cirstea long and interesting interview about tennis, life, choices and sacrifices but also about photography, beauty tips and fashion :
http://www.opengdfsuez-bretagne.com/actualites-tournoi-tennis-feminin.php?id_actu=253&lg=_en

vuhvuh
Sep 23rd, 2011, 06:41 PM
I totally dont understand why she arguments her slump with her foot injury which she had at the end of 2009? she is slumping two years

Curcubeu
Sep 23rd, 2011, 06:53 PM
I know, there are so many people asking me the same question ! Yes, I was 23rd in the world and now I’m about 80th. I got a serious heel injury that kept me away for three months, my foot was in a cast for a month and a half. It actually took me six months to feel comfortable again with my foot. I tried to come back too early because I had a lot of points to defend but I hadn’t fully recovered, I didn’t trust my running abilities because of my injury and sometimes I hesitated before going for the ball if I had to run. It’s hard to deal with all that and the pressure when you’re 19 or 20, you don’t know what to do. Some wrong decisions and bad scheduling were made by my team and me. This led to where I am right now, but this is tennis, that’s what happens sometimes. But I’m learning, you know, I’m still young and I think there’ s a reason why this happened. I want to get better of course, but this time I will do it slowly, I’ll be patient. I’ll use all that in the future, I now know how important it is to be healthy. That’s what allows you to do what you want to do, in tennis but also in life in general

It was definitely a serious injury which caused her break down last year, but it's of course not the only explanation, as she said she couldn't deal with the pressure at that time and the pressure in Romania is huge (and she tended to flee into her own bright VIP world to distract herself, maybe even forgot what her job is)!

Then she has ever been a streaky and rather inconsistent player to begin with. even in 2009 + sometimes she just plays a dumb all hitting game. Her tactics are messed up and I assume that the lack of a real coach is indeed the biggest reason for her downfall.. :shrug:

hellas719
Oct 26th, 2011, 06:01 AM
Pre-Tournament Interview from Tashkent:
http://www.tashkentopen.uz/interview1.php?s=2

thadeuss
Nov 1st, 2011, 12:08 PM
Sorana will participate in a sports talkshow at 13:00 CET. The show can be seen live here -> http://live.prosport.ro/ or here http://www.sport.ro/live/ibu1.html

Curcubeu
Nov 1st, 2011, 06:17 PM
Sorana gave an interview with the Romanian sports magazine pro sport. Her main statements:

"I trained at midnight in a handball hall, on the floor. The success came from the hunger for results. Not everyone can play tennis, because it is an expensive sport. In Romania we don't have the conditions so I had to make more more efforts than girls from other countries.

I wish to attend the Olympics, I hope to be present there, but for us tennisplayers, Olympics is not as important. We have 4 big Grand Slams. The most difficult opponent I have met are the Williams sisters because they dominate you, "said Sorana Cirstea at the ProSport.

http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturihttp://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/nu-oricine-poate-face-tenis-e-costisitor-ce-a-trebuit-sa-faca-pentru-a-ajunge-in-top-8925161

Ian Aberdon
Nov 2nd, 2011, 09:35 AM
It does make you wonder why tennis has been included as an Olympic sport - but no doubt there will be players that would love to win a medal. But Sorana is right, for a pro tennis player, the Slams are most important.

thadeuss
Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:26 PM
http://dansezpentrutine.protv.ro/stiri/sorana-carstea-va-face-un-dans-contemporan-in-scop-caritabil.html

google translate

Sorana Carstea will make a contemporary dance for charity

The show will also be broadcast live on voyo.ro! Sorana Carstea is ready to conquer the "Dansez pentru tine" dance floor on Friday, from 20.30 (E.E.T.) on Pro TV.

It will make a splash in front of Pro TV viewers with a contemporary dance together with Corina Caragea's former partner from the last season of "Dansez pentru tine". Along with Stefan Gheroghiu, Sorana Carstea will dance for a humanitarian cause on the song "Teardrop" by Massive Attack with a choreography signed by Caprioara. For the Friday night, the tennis player already repeated 4 days, ie Monday, 3-4 hours a day and choreographer said she's doing well:

"You see that she is sporty, because she has a discipline that does not meet very often to others during training. I really believe they are doing very well and will make a nice dance on Friday. "Sorana dance teacher says.

Teams will be competing Friday night in a unique edition, as one of dance styles will be a folk/popular dance competition ... in the rain. So besides the difficult dances designed by specialist in folklore, Mr. Marin Barbu, it will difficult for the competitors to move in drops of rain which will invade the dancefloor.

The second style of dance of the evening is chosen by the competitors but will have the common theme "street festival/party". At the beginning, the last season winner of the show, Edi Basil, will show the jury and the public what a real street dance with one of its younger sisters. Dance floor will vibrate agreements jerky and brutal movements, but full of sex appeal, so that each pair will have to show that has pace street in the blood and can adapt styles imposed....

Ian Aberdon
Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:32 PM
Be careful Sori...don't want a broken leg slipping on a wet dancefloor!

thadeuss
Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:45 PM
this dude is Sorana's partner :help: He doesn't wear underwears so Sori should be very careful not to get "injured" :lol::happy:


http://www.agentia.org/imagini-articole/partenerul-corinei-caragea-a-prestat-fara-chiloti-la-dansez-pentru-tine-video-9440.jpg

http://storage0.dms.mpinteractiv.ro/media/401/581/7966/8934343/1/01.jpg

Villaran
Nov 4th, 2011, 03:40 PM
My gosh!!!!! xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Curcubeu
Nov 4th, 2011, 05:04 PM
From prosport.ro

(Google translate)

Great player, with soul and more. This is Sorana Cirstea, who has dedicated half of the end of competitive holiday to participate in the popular humanitarian issue "Dancing" on PRO TV. Tennis player will be paired tonight with Stefan Gheorghiu, Corina Caragea former partner from last season of the show presented by Stefan Banica jr.

"I was very happy when I found that I get to participate in this program. For a long time I wanted to get the ring from the 'Dancing'" confesses Sorana before entering the rehearsal room. Equipped sporty stance tennis player enters with her partner, Stephen, in a room with white walls, large mirrors and windows steaming heat emanating from calorifele. "I'm less stressed. I feel best on the tennis court. Hall Ballet is something else. On the way into rehearsals, repeat steps taught to mind the day before," says Sorana, after which the heating with her partner, Stefan. After two to three minutes, choreographer Georgiana Caita ("Deer") starts the music. The two quickly fall into rhythm song Teardrop. The steps follow each other with amazing speed, as if dancing is small. The song is requested more than a game of tennis.

A pirouette, a turn and then an outlet. Missing! The two fall, but will immediately receive encouragement. "I have good legs spread? What's wrong?" Asks Sorana. The choreographer explains. Sorana just eyes and ears, while Stephen takes a sip of water. The song begins again. No time to lament. This time out the steps to fix sockets are accurate. The pace is fast. Concentration is maximum. Looks like a Grand Slam final. Sweat appears on the Sorana. Another turn, and then plug end. The song ends. The two receive applause. "No, you have worked well! There's only need a few finishing touches," Georgiana's voice is heard. The decor is prepared. Curtain rises. Follow Banica Jr's famous reply: "Music, maestro!"

:lol:

Ian Aberdon
Nov 4th, 2011, 11:07 PM
this dude is Sorana's partner :help: He doesn't wear underwears so Sori should be very careful not to get "injured" :lol::happy:


http://www.agentia.org/imagini-articole/partenerul-corinei-caragea-a-prestat-fara-chiloti-la-dansez-pentru-tine-video-9440.jpg

http://storage0.dms.mpinteractiv.ro/media/401/581/7966/8934343/1/01.jpg

:haha: :haha: At least Sori will have something to hang onto!

From prosport.ro

(Google translate)

A pirouette, a turn and then an outlet. Missing! The two fall, but will immediately receive encouragement. "I have good legs spread? What's wrong?" Asks Sorana. The choreographer explains. Sorana just eyes and ears, while Stephen takes a sip of water. The song begins again. No time to lament. This time out the steps to fix sockets are accurate. The pace is fast. Concentration is maximum. Looks like a Grand Slam final. Sweat appears on the Sorana. Another turn, and then plug end. The song ends. The two receive applause. "No, you have worked well! There's only need a few finishing touches," Georgiana's voice is heard. The decor is prepared. Curtain rises. Follow Banica Jr's famous reply: "Music, maestro!"

:lol:

:spit: :haha:

Curcubeu
Dec 1st, 2011, 12:34 PM
Today is the Romanian National Holiday, the liberation from the communist empire. :)

Sorana devoted a nice facebook message to that special day:

"Nu m-a întrebat nimeni când m-am născut din ce ţară sau familie vreau să fac parte. Însă acestea 2 mi-au format caracterul, principiile în viaţă şi datorită lor sunt cine sunt azi.


România este acasă, Romania este ţara MEA, ţara ce mi-a dat o identitate, o responsabilitate, o conştiinţă după care mă ghidez zilnic şi datoria de a fi un bun exemplu ca om şi ca sportiv!! Sunt ROMÂNCĂ şi nu doar azi de 1 Decembrie , ci în fiecare zi a anului şi de fiecare dată când intru pe terenul de tenis.


TE IUBESC ROMANIA!!!LA MULTI ANI!!! ♥ SORI

"No one asked me where I was born in what country or family I belong to. But these two have formed my character, because their principles are alive and who I am today.


Romania is home to Romania is my country, the country that gave me an identity, responsibility, consciousness and then guided me daily and duty to be a good example as a man and as a sportsman! I'm not just today ROMANIAN December 1, but every day of the year and each time get on the tennis court.


ROMANIA I LOVE YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ♥ SORI

:worship:

thadeuss
Dec 1st, 2011, 02:00 PM
Today is the Romanian National Holiday, the liberation from the communist empire. :)



Today is the Great Union Day, it marks the unification of inner Transylvania, Banat, Crisana, Maramures, Basarabia and Bucovina (the last 2 provinces united a bit earlier, in April) with the Old Kingdom forming modern Romania :rolleyes:

Curcubeu
Dec 1st, 2011, 07:03 PM
:oh:

thadeuss
Dec 25th, 2011, 02:21 PM
her former coach is back, Alina Tecsor seems to be her new coach

My coach Alina and I are wishing everyone a lovely Friday;) X SORI

http://p.twimg.com/AhV5YUuCQAAmBb6.jpg

Curcubeu
Dec 25th, 2011, 06:37 PM
Finally! :bowdown:

Adidas coaching alone is simply not enough, especially for a sensitive player like her! I'm pretty confident about the new year now! :)

HowardH
Dec 25th, 2011, 07:51 PM
Hoping for good things from this partnership in the new year.

thadeuss
Jan 17th, 2012, 11:48 AM
Q. Were you disturbed by your hair? You have beautiful long hair. Sometimes this caused a little problem or not?
SORANA CIRSTEA: I think was the wind, not my hair actually (smiling). Kind of was blowing everything around. No, I don't realize what I do a lot of things on the court, so they just became habits.


Q. How big a win is this for you?
SORANA CIRSTEA: I mean, of course it's a big win, you know, but I'm staying with the feet on the ground because I know today I went on the court, no pressure, she had the pressure. I had nothing to lose. So I think that kind of made me just go out there and enjoy it. But now things are changing a little bit. Now people are going to expect me to win next match. I'm just trying to enjoy today and try and prepare the next match.


Q. When you're on the other side of the net, can you tell when an opponent is really struggling mentally or with their confidence as opposed to just their physical game?
SORANA CIRSTEA: Not really. I think when I'm playing, I'm focusing a little bit more on my side of the court. I don't really see many things. But at some points toward the end of the match, I was getting a little bit tight as well. I think it was a very important match for both of us. I'm just happy I got the win today.


Q. You know that Sam is loved here in Australia. Do you think she was stressed today?
SORANA CIRSTEA: I mean, of course, definitely. Sam, she's a great player. She just won US Open. She had a lot of pressure on her shoulders coming out today. I just tried to play my best. I didn't really think too much who was on other side. I had my tactical plan already in my mind. You know, it worked today.


Q. What did you find the crowd like?
SORANA CIRSTEA: I actually enjoyed it. I didn't really feel it against me or something. I actually enjoyed it. It helped me. I'm not sure how, but it really got behind me. I know I used it in my favor.


Q. What was your plan?
SORANA CIRSTEA: I think that's between me and my coach (smiling). But, you know, I went on the court with some really good points in my head. I was focusing on serving well, just trying to stay aggressive. Every time I'm playing aggressive and I'm in control of the game, then it's going my way. So I was happy I could do that today.


Q. When you speak about a coach, you had an Italian. Do you have a new one?
SORANA CIRSTEA: Yes, I was working with Sanguinetti I think for two months. It was like a trial period. Unfortunately it didn't really work out. You know, I went my way; he went his way. Right now I'm coached by a Romanian together with a hitting partner.


Q. Not the beautiful man with brown hair who was very happy when you scored a point? That's not the coach?
SORANA CIRSTEA: That's my coach and my hitting partner, as well. He's from Romania. I started to work together like for a month and a half. I was home in the offseason. I think it really gave me a lot of stability to be home. I really worked hard. I came to Australia ready.


Q. You were talking about the wind. You would think with center court it would be quite shielded from the wind. When you were down there, was it gusting and blowing?
SORANA CIRSTEA: It was actually pretty windy. I was practicing in the morning, and it was like at 9:00 already windy.

Today when I went out there it was hot, which actually it's tough, because I came from one month and a half playing indoors. For me it takes a little bit to get used to.

I think I handled all the conditions well today. Usually I don't mind playing with the heat and the wind. Today, no, I didn't think about those thing too much and just played my game.


Q. Is it more difficult to come from Romania and become a tennis player, or the past champions like Tiriac and Nastase somehow helped the tennis to grow? Do you have any help in your country by the Federation or someone else?
SORANA CIRSTEA: No. I had zero help in my career. Everything was because of my parents. I met Mr. Tiriac only one time in my life when I played quarterfinal in French Open, and also Mr. Nastase a few times.

Everything was my parents were behind me. I was just hard work. Because coming from a country like Romania where you have no conditions, we have three hard courts in our whole country, you really have to fight and get where you want to be.

Things are maybe twice harder, but, you know, it makes you appreciate it more when you have them.


Q. Your parents are not a customer of the Tiriac Bank?
SORANA CIRSTEA: I don't think I keep my money at that bank.


Q. Anne Keothavong tweeted to you, Congratulations, you don't need big muscles to spank the ball like her. What do you think that means?
SORANA CIRSTEA: She's a little sweetheart. I'm very good friends with her. Tennis is such an individual sport, and what works for me maybe is not working for Sam or for Anne. Everyone has their own rhythm, their own way of practicing.

I'm having my style. This is how I'm build. Until now I think I know my game a little bit. You know, I'm just doing my things without thinking too much what the other players are doing.


Q. What was your reaction when you found out that you are going to play Stosur in the first round?
SORANA CIRSTEA: I'm not sure. I had actually no feelings, you know. I haven't saw the draw. I think my mom told me that I'm playing Stosur. I'm like, Okay, you know, it's fine.

Then it was actually funny. Everyone kept talking about her, about the draw, looking forward. I would get in my room, open the TV, they would say, What is the draw, everything.

I was just going out there, practicing every day with clear things in my head. Didn't think too much about what was coming.

You know, it went well today.


Q. There's a lot of focus on German players. There's other players from Romania. What do you think that means for Romanian tennis? Do you work together well?
SORANA CIRSTEA: I think it's amazing. I think we are five girls in top hundred. Coming from a country where we have no condition, I have no idea how we are all here.

Probably we pushed each other. Like I had some results, then Monica thought, okay, you know, I could do it as well. We're practicing together. I think this is what's the main reason. We didn't have any help.

It's true now home like in the offseason we're practicing a lot together. I think it's actually good. It gives us a good rhythm, good stability. When we were on tour, we also try to push each other.

I think it's good competition.


Q. Is there a reason why there are no men from Romania apart from Hanescu on the tennis courts?
SORANA CIRSTEA: I get this question a lot, why we have girls in top hundred and we only have Victor in top hundred in guys. I actually don't know what to say.

I mean, everyone came out individual. Like I say, we had no support. Everyone did their own things. We were lucky it worked out in the end. It's not like a recipe, like a success recipe, you have to do this and you will get there.

I'm not sure why we have girls right now and not guys.


Q. No one seems to be playing like the other one?
SORANA CIRSTEA: We all play different. We are like a rainbow.


Q. There is not a school?
SORANA CIRSTEA: No. It's no school. Like I said, I think everyone has their own rhythm, own style. Everyone is doing their own things. It's a very individual sport, so you have to fight for yourself.

vuhvuh
Jan 17th, 2012, 03:50 PM
I thought she works with alina tecsor. Anyone has info about her men coach?? thx

thadeuss
Jan 17th, 2012, 04:27 PM
his name is Victor Ioniță (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Ioniță)

http://doartenis.ro/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Victor-Ionita-450x250.jpg

Rovegun
Jan 17th, 2012, 05:54 PM
oh thanks! what a young coach and he´s also her hitting partner which is also good IMO

vuhvuh
Jan 17th, 2012, 07:11 PM
Seriously guys he is shit! he is 28 and at the age of 22 he was highest 187. sori definitely know more about tennis than him :(
I dont like thta decision :awww:
I thought she is with Alina Tecsor she is changing it kinda often I am really confused. I just hope she can do well with him but I thought she can find someone better more experienced...maybe she desided as cause of Sanguinetti but idk

Ian Aberdon
Jan 17th, 2012, 07:15 PM
I'm just delighted that Sori is finding some form to get back up the rankings - where I think she should be! :D

Curcubeu
Apr 24th, 2012, 09:36 PM
http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/sorana-carstea-junioarele-de-acum-sa-stie-ca-orice-pozitie-oricat-de-sus-ar-fi-e-accesibila-9567830

Sorana Cirstea (23 years), 40th in WTA matches attended the second day of the greatest tennis competitions for children in Romania, Dr. Oetker Junior Trophy.

Under preparation at the National Tennis Center, Sorana Cirstea and lived moments remembered from childhood: "I remember that I put so much soul that cry during matches. I train all the time and I was not very hard because I was less talented, "said player.

Asked what advice he could give Jacqueline Christian, who won the most prestigious junior tournament in the world 14 years, Les Petites I, Sorana said: "I am not able to give advice, but I enjoyed enormously when I saw that he won. not everyone wins a tournament such as it's clear that Jacqueline is on track. "

Sorana Cirstea, one of seven Romanian women in top 100 WTA, said that we live in a very good time and that a ranking Romanian tennis great a Romanian woman will only give confidence and other sports. "Juniors now know that any position, however high it is, is accessible," he said in the interview LIVE Sorana Tuesday morning, the site Dr. Oetker Junior Tournament Trophy.

Doggy964
Jul 22nd, 2012, 03:02 PM
Hey, that's a very nice little interview. :D She's looking (and sounding, with that girlish voice of hers) very cute in the video.


Ah, the age-old question. The one the press needs to ask whenever a young, attractive player suddenly finds herself in the spotlight.

But that's a good question! :)
Lately I've been wondering if Sorana has a boyfriend or if She is single... just to know... :angel:

Apparently, only romanian journalists asks this question. And as I don't understand romanian....

What I found (but once again, I'm not sure as romanian is very difficult):
In may 2010 she announced during a WTA Web chat that she had a boyfriend
(http://www.libertatea.ro/detalii/articol/sorana-cirstea-nu-am-un-iubit-289022.html)

Nothing strange, it's totally normal for such a young beautiful lady.

But, last Christmas, she got engaged (?!)? This article is very difficult to understand (http://www.sport.ro/liga-1/sorana-carstea-primeste-sute-de-cereri-de-casatorie-pe-an-tenisul-este-prioritar-vezi-cum-a-petrecut.html)

She received an engagement ring, but then I understand that she has no time for a boyfriend and that she doesn't think about getting married... :confused: Sorana also said that she got a lot of marriage proposal every year (normal, I would do the same if I ever meet her! :hearts:)

So anyone here speaks romanian or know the "love status" of Sorana?!

And it's a good question, because we have a bad example with Wozniacki. She was used to win everything (except Grand Slams) but then she felled in love and is not as good player as before...

Skoo
Jul 22nd, 2012, 04:40 PM
Doggy, those links don't work. However, the title of the first one is, "Sorana Cîrstea: I don't have a boyfriend" and the second one, "Sorana Cîrstea receives hundreds of proposals every year, tennis comes first". I suppose there are some people here who know more about the engagement ring :) IDK her relationship status, but... tennis comes first, I think :)

Lazyking
Jul 22nd, 2012, 05:13 PM
I would hope Tennis comes first, she can't get caught up in being a celeb and should focus on getting better.

Doggy964
Jul 22nd, 2012, 05:41 PM
Doggy, those links don't work. However, the title of the first one is, "Sorana Cîrstea: I don't have a boyfriend" and the second one, "Sorana Cîrstea receives hundreds of proposals every year, tennis comes first". I suppose there are some people here who know more about the engagement ring :) IDK her relationship status, but... tennis comes first, I think :)

Thank you, I've corrected the links. So from your answer, I can conclude that Google Translator doesn't work (at least Romanian -> French)! For the first title it gives me "Sorana Cirstea: I have a boyfriend!"

For the second article this time I've translated it from Romanian to English and now I understand that it's not an engagement ring, it doesn't come from a fiancé...

So Sorana can focus on tennis and the Olympics, that's a good news (even if these articles are "old") ;)

So bad that romanian is a complicated language. In Switzerland women tennis is not so popular (especially since Hingis has retired) so it's hard to have news from Cîrstea...

Skoo
Jul 22nd, 2012, 07:29 PM
I would hope Tennis comes first, she can't get caught up in being a celeb and should focus on getting better.

Well, a healthy relationship can help some people with their careers. She doesn't need to become a celeb for that :)

Thank you, I've corrected the links. So from your answer, I can conclude that Google Translator doesn't work (at least Romanian -> French)! For the first title it gives me "Sorana Cirstea: I have a boyfriend!"

Yup, exactly the opposite :lol:

For the second article this time I've translated it from Romanian to English and now I understand that it's not an engagement ring, it doesn't come from a fiancé...

Yes, but they asked her if it is, of course :)

So bad that romanian is a complicated language. In Switzerland women tennis is not so popular (especially since Hingis has retired) so it's hard to have news from Cîrstea...

I think no matter where you are, you rarely get news from players who are not doing very well. As in, top 10 well.

Bonk
Aug 1st, 2012, 09:28 PM
What happened?

http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/foto-exclusiv-momente-de-groaza-pentru-sorana-cirstea-un-camion-al-armatei-plin-cu-munitie-a-intrat-cu-viteza-in-vila-ei-sapte-oameni-raniti-9914367

http://www.adevarul.ro/locale/targoviste/GALERIE_FOTO_Un_autocamion_al_armatei_a_intrat_in_ gardul_tenismenei_Sorana_Cirstea_0_747525392.html

Lazyking
Aug 2nd, 2012, 05:14 AM
a truck try to run her down or something?

Skoo
Aug 2nd, 2012, 08:43 AM
Haha, no, just an army truck full of soldiers and ammo ran into her villa's fence :lol: From the first link:

Just back from the Olympic games, Sorana experienced some horror moments on Wednesday morning. The beautiful tennis player who was at home in Târgoviște woke up, literally, with an Army truck in her yard!

What happened: a tire from an ammo truck exploded, the driver losing control of the wheel just in front of Cîrstea residence. ”I heard a big boom. The fence is broken, but thankfully that's all and nobody is hurt bad. I was really scared, I was just about to leave to Bucharest for practice". There were ten persons in the truck, of which seven were wounded and transported to the hospital.

Apparently, the truck had a pretty high speed, the impact being a powerful one.

Wow, what if Sori were near. Phew.

ALIEN
Aug 2nd, 2012, 12:23 PM
The army guys probably heard of her incredible performance of losing in R1 at the Olympics and wanted an autograph so bad they accidentally crashed the truck in her fence :lol:

Curcubeu
Aug 2nd, 2012, 07:33 PM
Romanian tennis players still dominating the headlines.
I'd prefer some sports news, but you have to take what you can get.

The army guys probably heard of her incredible performance of losing in R1 at the Olympics and wanted an autograph so bad they accidentally crashed the truck in her fence :lol:

Yeah, otherwise they would have loaded their guns, take on the helmets, rang her bell.

Sorana still sleepy, awake in a second by seeing those full prepared army guys on the door, ready to scream for her life...


'An autograph please, Sorana! We are big fans of you!' :)

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lv7vjrWysh1qd1gj8.gif

Skoo
Aug 17th, 2012, 10:26 AM
Aww, poor Sori.

Sorana Cirstea ‏@sorana_cirstea
The way I'm tweeting it's the same way as I'm doing everything else in life...with ups & down !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYXjLbMZFmo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Lazyking
Aug 17th, 2012, 11:10 AM
aww :( good song tho!

Skoo
Aug 17th, 2012, 11:34 AM
aww :( good song tho!

Yeah, she gives me the impression she has better tastes in music (and maybe movies) than most of her colleagues :)

Sorana Cirstea ‏@sorana_cirstea
4.45 am and my driver it's playing Rihanna "where have u been " at maximum volum...hard to digest this type of much so early in the day...

Curcubeu
Aug 17th, 2012, 11:40 AM
Aww, poor Sori.

Sorana Cirstea ‏@sorana_cirstea
The way I'm tweeting it's the same way as I'm doing everything else in life...with ups & down !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYXjLbMZFmo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Good, she's finally gaining self-conscience.

Yeah, she gives me the impression she has better tastes in music (and maybe movies) than most of her colleagues :)

Sorana Cirstea ‏@sorana_cirstea
4.45 am and my driver it's playing Rihanna "where have u been " at maximum volum...hard to digest this type of much so early in the day...

Definitely. :worship:

The new Rihanna is musically and personally unbearable.

Skoo
Aug 17th, 2012, 11:46 AM
Good, she's finally gaining self-conscience.

Well, she strikes me as one of the most clever players off court (she always says something clever or funny on Twitter), so she probably has it for a long time now :)


Definitely. :worship:

The new Rihanna is musically and personally unbearable.

Indeed :banghead:

Curcubeu
Aug 29th, 2012, 10:26 AM
Sorana is having a Blog for the WTA during the US open:

http://www.wtatennis.com/blog/20120827/sorana-cirsteas-us-open-blog-monday_2257191_2902342

Hey guys!

This is gonna be my second time blogging for the WTA site and I'm really excited. Few people know that I love to write, so instead of putting my thoughts in my black notebook like I always do, I'll put them here so during the US Open you guys can get a look at my inside world...

This is probably one of my favourite tournaments, because I'm a huge fan of New York. I enjoy this place so much that I usually come for holidays here in November. I know my way around very well, so if you need tips on the the city I'm happy to give them for free ;)

Today I had my first round match against Sabine Lisicki. It was a tough one that I won in three sets, 46 62 62... but you guys probably know that already so I'm not gonna talk much about it! But what I'm gonna talk about is how much time we spend preparing for a match and how long our days at work are...

This morning I had a car at 7.45 to go to the site, when my match wasn't until 11. But there are so many things to do before. First I warmed up at the physio, then I warmed up at the gym and only after those I warmed up 30 minutes on court. Then I got the rackets ready, the drinks, the clothes, the tapes, the hair, and I can go on forever... and then if you have a rain delay like I had today, you have to start the whole process again!

People ask me what I do during rain delays. For example, today I was in the locker room most of the time. Usually I put my headphones on with my music at maximum volume, and I try to stay by myself. I don't like to interact with many people when I'm in a break during my match, so I can keep my focus... but don't worry, once the match is done I'm friendly again :) Grand Slam player lounges and restaurants are very busy, so usually you won't see me in there. I'm in and out of them so I don't waste my energy...

But when the match was over today and I was done with cool down, press and physio, I was free to go home. It was 7pm when I got back to the hotel, so I was at my job for almost 12 hours today! And yes, for me the hotel means home because out of 365 days a year, I spend more then 300 days in a hotel!!!!

As much as I'm trying to call tennis my job, tennis is actually my passion, my hobby, my first love - and when things are going well, no sacrifice feels big enough. Tennis has given me my biggest joys and nothing can compare with the feeling you have when you win... I would give up anything for that and for the sweet taste of victory... yep I guess I have a sweet tooth :)

Usually I like to dress up for dinner, put my heels on and go to a fancy, cool place to eat, so I can give my mind a break... but tonight I was quite tired and decided to grab a bite in a restaurant close to the hotel with my fitness coach from my adidas team, Gil Reyes. He is the most amazing person I have ever met and I'm very greatful for having him! I'm lucky, I know!!! I've known him for more then four years now and he not only helped me become a better athlete, but he helped me become a better person, which is way more important.

I think that's a lot for the first day, so maybe I should let you guys go! But I'll be back tomorrow with more news...

I wish all of you a beautiful day!

Love,

Sori

Curcubeu
Aug 29th, 2012, 10:26 AM
Part II

Hello again,

I was really happy to hear today that my first post was received very well, so thank you very much. As I've said I love to write so for me doing the blog this week is a pleasure! Putting my thoughts in writing gives me a lot of peace of mind and in time I realized it's something that helps me... and to know that you guys enjoy it as well is very rewarding. No matter how strong of a character you are, or how confident you are, I still believe you need positive feedback in order to continue doing something. Some people get motivated when someone tells them they are not good enough or they can't do it... I'm diffrent, I get motivated by positive thoughts, positive things and positive people...

I woke up early as usual today. I never really sleep past 7am... I'm an active person and I have the feeling that if I sleep more I miss out on the things life has to offer me... So I went quite early on site and had a hit from 10am. I did the usual routine for a day with no match - one hour of practice plus the warm-ups and the cooldown, physio and so on. I try to stay as little as possible on site on a day without a match, so by 1pm I was back home.

The rest of the afternoon I was resting... I'm never bored by myself and I'm never bored in general! I always find things to do and I love being on my own. As much as I would have loved to go for a run in Central Park or for a walk or anything else, I knew it was not going to be the best thing in order to keep my energy for tomorrow, so I decided to stay in the hotel the next few hours.

In the evening I met up with my best friend, Ana, and we had dinner together. She won her match today so we were both in good spirits. Only people who are close to us know how much heart we put into this sport and how much it hurts when things don't go the way we want, so our performance affects our mood. I'm very emotional and in a sport like tennis where you play week in week out, that doesnt really help... you have to be able to switch off and move on quickly! Someone once told me that in sport, in order to succeed you need to have a really bad memory :)

Tomorrow I'm playing my second round match. I'm excited and looking forward to it, because this is what I work for. I've been getting better this year at putting less pressure on myself. If it goes well great, if it doesn't I'll go on the practice court and work harder. And this way of thinking has been helping me to be a little bit more relaxed and ENJOY IT!!! You know what they say, happiness is a journey, not a destination, so let's treasure every moment we have and remember that time waits for no one...

And as a last thought I want to thank you guys for everything and for loving this sport... we are here because of you!!!!

Speak to you tomorrow and enjoy the US Open till then...

Love,

Sorana


Meeting with Ana, we know what this will mean :oh:

hellas719
Aug 30th, 2012, 04:12 AM
Thanks for posting these here :)

Curcubeu
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:06 AM
Hey guys,

Unfortunately I had a really bad day yesterday, I lost my singles match. I was disappointed, but not about the result, it was the way I played that really bothered me. I didn't do anything from the things that I should have, and I take full responsibility for the result and for the outcome of the match.

I've had a nice year with some good results and big wins... but what happened this tournament happened quite often this year, I couldn't back up those big wins with another good match... yesterday I allowed myself a mourning day with tears and the whole menu, but now everything is back to normal :)

We get so caught up in the moment that we forget to look at the big picture, and if you do that you realize it's not a big deal, and there are much more important things in life than the loss of a match. And I'm sure in a few weeks I'm gonna look back at this and laugh... but it did hurt and the reason for that is because I care a lot and I put my heart into this...

On a diffrent note, everything is happening for a reason in life, and I do believe this tournament will make me stronger and I will learn from the mistakes. I still have so much more room to improve and the most important thing is that I still have that will and desire to get better...

I know the usual blog could be about what I do, what and where I eat, how I sleep, how I practice and all that stuff... but I tend to write about other things and hopefully this way you can get a different feeling from a different perspective out of this week's posts... At this level the mind makes the difference because we all know how to hit backhands and forehands :)

Now talking about something else... usually after I lose I fly straight away the next day home... but this time even if I wanted to fly out tomorrow I can't! My passport is at the Japanese embassy right now, in line to get a visa so I can play the tournament in Tokyo in a few weeks. So until that little friend comes I'm stuck in New York... Poor Sorana, some of you will say! She has to stay an extra day in New York :)

I'm never jealous of anyone, but I do admit that I'm jealous of people that don't have to get visas... life is so much easier when you have the freedom to go whenever you want without having to stay in line to ask for permission to enter a certain country...

Sooooo... this means that you will have to hear from me tomorrow again... I'm not sure if that's good luck or bad luck for you guys :)

I will report on my day off in NY, stay tuned ;)

Take care, I'm sending everyone a big hug!!

Love,

Sorana


I couldn't have said it better. As I already wrote in Begu's cheering thread, because she obviously has the same mental or motivational issues, it's 'shocking' if you look how less Sorana has made of the big upsets she already had this year. Moreover, she is gaining most of her points not by 'vulturing' weak MM draws, Barcelona as an exception, but her performances there were partly underwhelming, but through defeating Top Guns at big tournaments.

At most MMs she already lost to such scrubs like Babos, Oudin and Soler-Espinosa, while she beat a handful of Top 20 player as well, but just couldn't back it up. She clearly struggles with the pressure of being the favourite in one match.

I only hope that what she wrote above is not only said to secure her fans, I really want to see her mental game becoming more mature next year, so that she will be able to deal with such off days and not let them pass by like things that just happen in life.

Curcubeu
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:13 AM
Hello there,

It's me again, the proud owner of a Romanian passport with a Japanese visa inside! Good news, I did receive my passport today so I'm free to go home whenever I want now...

Speaking of which, someone asked me today how long I've been away... I can't really remember, 4-5 weeks already, I don't keep track of days anymore. I just know that when I play first round it's usually a Monday and if I make it to the finals it's a Sunday! That's how I figure out what day it is, according to what round I play... Since May I've probably been home for like 6-7 days so I hope you guys won't judge me too hard if I say that I miss home. During a tournament I never allow myself to think about this, but once I'm done my mind does go to that place. I've been listening all day to this song called Home by Michael Bublé... I know it's very cheesy, but now and then we all need some extra protein and calcium, it's healthy :)

Finally managed to start my day with a run in Central Park. I'm not sure what is so special about that place but I just love it. It puts me in such a good place and in such a good mood, it has a special vibe that makes you start the day in a positive spirit... I had a few meetings afterwards with my team as we always do after a tournament, so we do a little recap on the things that went on and also plan the next few days and weeks. But as soon as I was done with that I managed to hit the shops with my huge list in hand...

I have to say that if there's something that I find refreshing here in the States it's the way they compliment you everytime you enter a store... from your hair to your clothes, to the jewelry, or even to the accent, straight away they find something nice to say to you. And I know it's a marketing thing but I love the way they take care of the customers here, they make you feel so good and so special, as special as anyone :)) But it's nice and it's such a small thing that makes such a big difference...

Went to MOMA as well, and that stands for Museum of Modern Art... every single time I go to these kinds of places I have the feeling that I know so little about life and that I live in a soap bubble...

The highlight of my day was when I found myself standing on the street with a lot of bags in both hands and trying to get the attention of a cab by waving desperately at him... I felt like such a New Yorker girl :) Went to Soho and the meatpacking discrict a bit, for another few things that were on my list, before I decided to call it a day... I love that area of New York, it has a cool artistic way about it that inspires you so much... you can breathe in creativity all around the place...

Met up for an easy relaxed dinner with my best friend afterwards... and in case I won't fly out tomorrow I will go and support her in the evening because she is playing the first night session match.

I still have some bussines to take care of tomorrow and depending on that I will decide if I fly out Saturday or Sunday...

But you will hear from me at least one more time before I go, so I won't get emotional and say goodbye yet:)

Love,

Sorana


She was there indeed.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-I7KSwEJPpXo/UEK5HpJnqmI/AAAAAAAAH20/SEmSJTUvUYM/s598/sori-ana-box.png

vuhvuh
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:56 PM
nice to see Sori in Anas box. BFFs

Curcubeu
Oct 7th, 2012, 12:10 PM
I opened the tennis section on prosport.ro and saw a picture with Sorana on crutches. I was like wtf, but she just gave a comment about the injury she had on the foot 2 years ago, because it's similar to the one Cristian Chivu (Romanian soccer player) is sufferingg from... :spit:

Still, didn't they find another pic?

BlueTrees
Nov 20th, 2012, 12:45 PM
It's been confirmed that Sorana will start 2013 in Auckland! :D

http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/news/defending-champion-return-2013-asb-classic

Curcubeu
Nov 20th, 2012, 04:35 PM
Nothing to defend there. Should confirm her AO seeding.

Curcubeu
Dec 13th, 2012, 07:23 PM
Married with Tennis

Sorana Cîrstea (22 years) completed the first year on the top of Romanian women - being ranked #27 in the WTA world. A performance that makes one talking casually about all the factors that have propelled her into the top 30: consistency, mentality and determination.



Sorana, how do you gain consistentcy in tennis? Tell me, from your experience ...
With a lot of work. I worked twice more than I did before. I was very disciplined, both on and off court, because I realized that at this level you must do everything 100% and I think we are heading towards the right path. We will have four weeks of training following now, very, very hard training, which I hope will help me get where I want.

What does "very, very hard training" mean?
I have two hours of training in the morning, one and a half hour physical training in the afternoon, two hours of tennis, then again one and a half hour physical training. In total, seven hours plus recovery and often I arrive first in the morning at eight o'clock at the base and leave last. It is very hard work every day. I must always be consistent, disciplined. I realize that I like to do things differently. Work is the only way to achieve performance.

How many hours do you need to get ready for the WTA Top 10?
Everyone says that I have potential to reach the Top 10, but I think, because I proved this year that when I had a good day, I can beat anyone, no matter if it's number 1, number 2 or number 50. It is important to play consistently on a high level. That's why I say that, for me, it is very important to become consistent. Often, the difference between the top ten and the others lies in the mind.

How can you go and beat someone in the top 10, from the mental point of view?
(Convincing) I do not necessarily think about that. I do it unconsciously, I use my game. That's why everyone tells me I have a fantastic potential, but haven't made the best out of it yet. Because of this I have said repeatedly that with hard work I can do something with this potential.

Do you work on the mental aspects?
I got to play 28 tennis tournaments a year, almost one a week. You always get another chance. So, if you didn't win the tournament, you got defeated. Whether it's the final or quarters. It's a defeat! You must learn to get over it, because in two days or so begins another tournament. Mentally, there are many ups and downs in this sport.

And how do you maintain your mental balance?
It's all like a domino effect! When you win, you get confidence and get on court with some superiority. I used to have defeat after defeat and broke mentally apart. Now I'm on the rise. This is the great merit of victories. I am very excited for 2013, because I'm sure I will achieve great things.

What do you wish right now, in terms of yourself?
I know it sounds cliché, but I want health.

So, I ask you something: How many marriage proposals do you have received in 2012 compared to 2011?
I got much more, because I always said something: The more you climb up the rankings, the more attractive you are.

Oh, so you're not more attractive, Sorana, than your bank account, I guess?
Yes, it all adds up! And the thing is I felt it on my own skin, too: Playing better, getting more attention and requests, and other things come by themselves.

So, I see that in 2013 there are chances to see you married!?
(Laughs) No, no, no, no!

If we keep this ratio up , you will receive a lot of requests in 2013...
Just kidding! At the moment things like that can only amuse me and I think it is interesting to see so much interest from my fans.

What are your plans for the upcoming holidays?
(Prompt) going to play tennis! On December 23rd I will go to Australia and I'll be there on the 25th when I will probably go straight to the hotel, then having my workout and sleep, you have to get used to the time zone. And on December 31st I will have my first match, so at 12:00 I'll be in bed. That happened last year. I remember that I had a match on January 1st and I had gone to bed at 10:00. At midnight the fireworks started and I was nervous that I was awakened from sleep, because I had a match the next day. For me, there is no Christmas and New Year's Eve, unfortunately, because the season starts very early, the first week of January.

There are a lot of autobiographical books from great athletes. Which title would you like to have your book?
No, I never thought about that. In tennis, you have a rich career, one that goes up and you're down. It's like a rollercoaster. Probably I won't think about it until the end of my career. I hope to have a happy ending to what I write in it. The biggest fear is regret. That I will now do my best to give 100%, so that when you finish a tournament, a year or a career, I can be at peace with myself. Living with regret is the greatest punishment.

Do you have any regrets from the first part of your career?
In the first part I was very young and came from a country where the sport system doesn't support you very much, clearly you do not know what to do. My parents supported me, so I can not say I regret big period. I have some little regret about the coaches, certain competitions in the past and some injuries. I think they affected my career and it's quite difficult to live with. That's why I promised myself that I will try to give 100%, to think ten times before taking an important decision.

One last question, quite explosive. Sports are a target of the betting mafia. It's touched by it, but no one has been accused. How do you see the tennis business from the inside and how much influence does this scourge have on the sport?
(Hesitates) Tennis is a sport highly publicized. I am also the kind of person who is not familiar with all news, all the time I try to focus on what I enjoy and I have heard of such cases. True, we have never got some briefings from the WTA, we were careful to this point, but I think the girls are not that much. Not as much as the ATP. I have heard of topics like this from you in the newspaper. When you are on the tour, inside the business, you are always with your team. Tennis is mainly a singles' sport, everyone sees it as his or her job. I think the WTA is clean, untouched by it.



It's good to see that Sorana is fully aware of her strengths (big game, being able to play on a high level) and her weaknesses (inconsistency, wasted 'first' career, mental instability) which wasn't always the case in the past.

She seems to be on the right track. We can only hope she will find the consistency to establish at the Top of the game.

Curcubeu
Dec 23rd, 2012, 05:11 PM
Prosport even topped that with an amazing photo series of her today. She is even on the front side with the pic of the sleigh I will post in the other thread.

22 years 22 memories! Sorana Cirstea, as you've never seen her before! How she has turned into one of the best players in the WTA circuit

Tennis player Sorana Cirstea, #27 of the WTA year end rankings - prosport publishes for Christmas Eve a series with the best moments of her life, from 1990 until today.

You have finished the season with the highest position year end position: #27 - What was the secret?
I had a consistent year. My results were somewhat similar, without too much ups and downs. In contrast to other years, I managed to maintain a certain line, and in the end I've finished the year ranked 27.

In 2012 you made the third round at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon, but in Paris, your favorite tournament, you went out in the first round. Why?
I had bad luck drawing Na Li and there wasn't much I could do that day. My opponent was too good, too strong. Actually I had no reaction.

So far, you have won $1.5 million prize money in tennis. How does it feel for a young woman of 22 years?
First, it gives me some independence, confidence and security. I'm proud of what I have achieved so far, but behind this amount of money there is a lot of hard work. Tennis is a very well paid sport, but it forced you to make many sacrifices since an early age.

However, you won one title at senior level...
I hope that after next year it won't stay the only one. This is one of my goals for 2013: to win at least one WTA tournament.

What was the most bitter defeat in 2012?
My loss against Na Li at Roland Garros. I cried for an hour in the dressing room after the match. I felt completely helpless in that match. I've stayed a whole week in Paris after the tournament. I shut down my phone, everything. No one knew anything about me.

And the sweetest victory?
The win over Na Li in Wimbledon. I have defeated her twice by then and that victory was very important for my ego. It has shown me that I can defeat Li Na. It was a sweet revenge.

You recently had a sharity action dedicated to children, with Tecau and Hanescu. How was it?
It was a spiritual fulfillment when I saw how many children came to court. It was only the first step in a project that I want to develop year by year. Tennis has given me so much so far and I want to give a little back. I hope that at least a quarter of them may play tennis at the highest level.

How is it to spend Christmas away from loved ones for years?
For several years, I'm going to Australia on the 23rd December. It is very difficult, but in my book this holiday does not exist. I forced myself not to think about Christmas, to pass more easily over bitter separation from loved ones. At first we cried a lot at the airport, but now they are ok.

Anyway, what do you want Santa to bring you?
I want health. I know it's a cliché, but only if I am healthy I will be able to achieve my goals in 2013: winning at least one WTA tournament and winning as many rounds as possible at Grand Slam tournaments.



On 5th October, 2008, Sorana Cirstea won her first WTA tournament in Tashkent, after defeating German player Sabine Lisicki in the final in three sets, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Curcubeu
Mar 1st, 2013, 08:43 PM
Sorana is at it again, blogging for the spring American swing:

Sori's Story

http://www.wtatennis.com/blogs/article/3092894/title/soris-story-home-away-from-home

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hey guys,

A few of you probably remember that last year during the US Open I kept the daily blog for the WTA website - well now I'm back, and this time for six weeks...... yes you read it right, I will be writing through the whole six weeks I'm in the US. Not sure anyone has done this for so long before, but I see this as your chance to get bored of me :)))))

Right now I'm in Las Vegas working very hard with my adidas team and preparing for the next tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston. During this time I'll be blogging... actually I'm not a fan of the word "blogging" as it sounds too formal... that was the reason I called this "Sori's Story" instead of "Sori's Blog". I feel it's a little more personal and sounds friendlier. So during these next few weeks you will get an inside look into my life, my perceptions, my ideas, my values and opinions, and my way of seeing things... or maybe not. I can't promise anything :) My friends always say I'm an expert in talking a lot but saying nothing in the end! I guess that's my job's fault - in time I've learned that no matter what questions people ask me, I can always go around and around until I get them wherever I want with my answer! Okay too much talking, now it's time to say something concrete!

As I've already mentioned, I'm in Vegas till Sunday, when we will be driving to Indian Wells. It's a beautiful drive through the mountains and the desert, but the best thing about this is that I don't have to go through another airport security check!!!

Through the years I've spent so much time here that I call this place my 'home away from home'... It's the one place that gives me peace and makes me happy, so I tend to come as much as I can.

And since they asked me to keep it short for my first entry (not sure how short you would call this) I will try to wrap it up. Plus I need to get some sleep and get ready for another good training day tomorrow. I have an early practice with Andrea Petkovic, and she is German, so I'm not allowed to be late!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes she is back and she is here as well - I'm so happy to see her healthy again, fit and ready to go. She is a sweetheart of a girl, one of the nicest people I know, and the tour is always a much better place when she's around. In the afternoon I will be in the gym for my daily session with Gil Reyes, working on my 'pipes' (that's biceps in our Vegas slang). By now all of you guys know how much he means to me and how he is not only helping me be a better athlete, but above all, a better person, and that's far more important.......

And as I'm done, I'm going to go and pack some blankets for tomorrow now, so I don't forget. It's freezing cold here in Vegas, as you can see in the pic below. And since I have a feeling Andrea and I won't miss a ball tomorrow, our adidas coaches Darren Cahill and Sven Groeneveld won't have much work to do except sit around and watch :)))))))

Love,

Sori



6 weeks :spit:
But don't forget your tennis, girl!


Still, I'm definitely looking forward to her reports and insights.


Couldn't resist a giggle at we won't miss any ball, though.

Curcubeu
Mar 3rd, 2013, 10:29 PM
Part 2

http://www.wtatennis.com/blogs/article/3095469/title/soris-story-the-silver-lining

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Hey guys,

I'm writing this entry as I'm having my morning coffee. I'm a morning person and in time I got used to waking up early, so I never really sleep past 7 or 8am, no matter if I'm in tournaments, at home or on holidays. This is my favorite time of the day and while I'm having my coffee I usually get my writing duties done over breakfast....

The training weeks before the tournaments have a lot of hard work to be done, but they're usually more relaxed. You don't feel the stress as much as when you are in competition, and when you're done with the practice it's easier to take your mind off tennis and focus on something else. One of the things that Gil always tells me is that I need to work hard and give my 100% when I'm on the court or in the gym, but then when I'm done I need to enjoy life a little and do things that make me happy without feeling guilty... As a professional athlete - and not just as a tennis player - you need to have a lot of discipline in your life, so no matter what I do, in the back of my mind I'm always thinking if any off-court activities I do will affect my performance on court. And since I know there are tournaments around the corner and I won't have much spare time or I won't want to waste my energy, this week I've been trying to take advantage...

On Thursday night I went to see this South American singer, Ricardo Arjona, in concert. I love his songs and his lyrics are amazing... so yes I do speak Spanish if that's your question :) Few people believe me when I say I learned this language only by watching soap operas, and I've never had a lesson in my life... but us Romanians are very talented with languages and we have Latin background as well, so for us it's quite easy to learn Spanish, Italian and French, and if we try a bit harder Portuguese as well. But the main idea is that I like anything that has to do with South America, Spain or any other Latin country, so I always joke that if you speak Spanish I already like you :)

On Friday night I went and saw the movie "Silver Linings Playbook". I'm still trying to catch up with all the Oscar movies, I will get there eventually! I really enjoyed it, it was a breath of fresh air and something diffrent and nice to see.

Now on a different note, yesterday - the 1st of March - was a big day in Romania. It was "Women's Day". It's one of my favorite days and I have to admit I did feel a little homesick. I've never seen anywhere in the world where people celebrate holidays like us Romanians do. We are very warm and passionate, and we always respect the traditions... so on the 1st of March, every guy has to give a small present or flowers to the girls they know. For example, when you were in school as a girl, on this day you would receive a small gift from every boy in your class... it was a must. I grew up in a family where men are gentlemen and treat women with a lot of respect and care, so on this day they would buy flowers and presents for all the ladies in the family and take them out for dinner. At your job on this day you would get flowers from your male boss and male customers, so in one word this is our day as women that we can be spoiled and pampered and feel like princesses! Even the policemen stop lady drivers in traffic only to give them red roses. It's a really cool and happy day I promise :)

And now since I've finished my coffee and ate my breakfast, I'll leave you guys to go to your things while I go and get ready to start my day of training. Steffi is gonna come out today. She is the coolest person ever, a true champion on and off the court. I started tennis because of her when I was four years old, so when I met her for the first time five years ago I was so ovelwhelmed I couldn't talk. She is the reason why I've picked up tennis and no matter how much I see her I still can't get used to the idea that I'm on the same court with Steffi Graf. She is my idol...

Love,

Sori


I haven't heard of that singer so far to be honest.

And yeah women's day - all those memories. :lol:

codrutc
Mar 3rd, 2013, 11:35 PM
She couldn't find an English equivalent of the word "martisor" :)
And, March 8th is women's day not the 1st.

Doggy964
Mar 4th, 2013, 08:41 AM
And, March 8th is women's day not the 1st.

It's probably different in Romania! ;)

overrule
Mar 4th, 2013, 08:05 PM
Really happy to see she's playing Charleston. I will be there for the quarters and semis. Hope she makes it that far.

Curcubeu
Mar 8th, 2013, 09:35 AM
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hi there,

So change of location, I'm writing from Indian Wells now. I'll be here hopefully for the next two weeks, so I ventured into unpacking... I have rules - when I stay longer than seven days in a place I unpack, otherwise I keep all my clothes in the bag. I wanna believe that I can use my time more wisely than just putting dresses on hangers and taking them down week in week out!

I got here on Sunday night from Vegas by car with my adidas team. It was a great trip and we had an amazing time (of course, since i was the DJ!!!!)

Sometimes we get so carried away by our careers, jobs and goals we have to achieve, or by the pressure of trying to rise to the expectations, that we forget to enjoy the simple things that life has to offer us... so this road trip was another reminder how good it feels to just be able to enjoy the small pleasures like a road trip with friends, a picture or just a view....

The only little problem was that Daniela Hantuchova, who left Vegas a little earlier that day, did this trip in 3h 50min, and for us it took about 4h 45min... so when we got here she was making a little fun of our driving skills. But we forgot to tell her that because we had so much luggage, the rental car company gave us a soccer mum mini van - our bags wouldn't fit in any other type of car... but no complaining, we accept the defeat with our heads up :))

Indian Wells is one of my favourite tournaments so I'm very happy to be back here. Everyone is so lovely and they all try their best to make us feel comfortable, like a home away from home, so it's great. I think every player has their own favourite places and usually we are very subjective, we like the tournaments where we play our best, but this one has a nice and relaxed vibe to it. Plus we all get cars so we can move around, which is great. And now a special announcement: if you see a grey SUV, try and run the opposite direction... I'm just joking, I'm actually a good driver, even if my coach Darren Cahill always makes fun of my parking... but of course I'm a good driver, I'm Romanian and that says it all :)

I'm gonna have my first match on Friday... so till then just practice, practice and more practice... I usually go very early on site and have a first hit from 7:30-9 and then another session in the afternoon. The reasons why I like to do my first session very early is that as I've told you before, I'm a morning person, and the second reason is that at that time of the day the tennis club is empty, so it feels good to have some peace and quiet and focus on your work. Later on, the site gets very, very busy, so sometimes being there makes you tired and you don't want to waste your energy prior to the start of the tournaments on the wrong things.

My best friend Ana is here as well, so we have been spending a lot of time together, trying to catch up and just do normal things that girls our age do once we are done with the training for the day. We both love this place and because we've already played here for so many years we know our way around the town very well. Every year we play the same tournaments and have the same calendar, so it's like a wheel that is spinning year by year at the same pace. For example, every year we know that the first weeks of March our home is in Indian Wells and the last two weeks of March our home is in Miami, so of course by now we have our favourite restaurants, cinemas, shops, nail places, spas, hotels or whatever else you can think of in any city.... so if you want any recommendations, forget about Zagat or Lonely Planet, you guys have me :)

Time to go now....

Love,

Sori


She also posted some nice pics from the road trip.

Curcubeu
Mar 9th, 2013, 10:36 PM
Saturday, March 9, 2013

Morning there,

Or whatever time in the day finds you reading this post!

Someone asked me the other day what's gonna be in my next entry for the blog, or what subject I will talk about... my answer was "I really don't know!" The way my writing works is that I never think about it until I open my computer, I never plan anything. I just sit in front of it and whatever comes in my mind I put it in writing. So let's see what goes through my head at 7.28am on Saturday morning...

I won my match yesterday against Anabel Medina Garrigues. It was a hard one because she is a great player, very tough to beat. She doesn't give you anything for free, you have to earn the win and work for every single point... plus I dont think I'd ever beaten her before, so mentally it was not easy. I was down set and 3-1 before I managed to find my way back into the match and adjust to the conditions. I know Anabel quite well, we used to play doubles together a while ago and she is a great girl. She was actually one of the first people who encouraged me to speak Spanish with her so I could learn, because I was very shy about it - I know you guys only see us on the court when we are fighting against each other and trying to win, but off the court most of us have a lot of respect for one another and some of us can even call each other friends.

Also at my match yesterday I had huge support from some of my friends who came from LA to see me play, so I'm very grateful for that. They all came with Romanian flags and t-shirts, and they were screaming and singing the whole way through the match. It was such a nice feeling... they said they are coming on Sunday for my next round so I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing them :))

And now on a different note, it has been so cold here the past two days, it's not even funny. We are in the desert so it is supposed to be cold in the evening and mornings but apparently the weather forgot to warm up during the day as well! But then from my hotel room you can actually see the snow on the mountains 30 minutes away from here, so I shouldn't be surprised... it's fascinating how nature works when you think about it...

Now another fascinating thing... so yesterday was the 8th of March... and everyone was saying it was Women's Day, except me. I was contradicting everyone and saying it's Mother's Day today and on the 1st of March is Women's Day. At least that's how we celebrate it in Romania... and I recall this very well because 8th of March was a very stressful day for me - in school they always used to make us learn a song or poem so we could tell it to our mum together with a hand-made card that we had to make... since I can't sing and I didn't want to ruin my mum's day by making her listen to me, I always used to choose a poem instead. Even at that age I was a perfectionist so I was stressing a lot to make everything look and sound perfect... later on I realized that sometimes it's more about the gesture than the actual gift. So the conclusion is that every country and side of the world celebrates things and traditions differently, so it doesn't really matter the date on the calendar, but the date in your heart...

Today is a practice and recovery day so tomorrow I can be 100% for my next match. Also I've been spending a lot of time talking to my good friend Andreea, the wife of our best Romanian tennis player Victor Hanescu... She is here supporting her husband and I'm very happy for that because she is such a joy to be around and talking to her helps me a lot. In life it's very important to surround yourself with people who will push you higher and forward, who will bring the best out of you. We are already very hard on ourselves, trying to cope with the pressure and everything, so it's very important to have a positive energy and vibe from your family, friends and even supporters, and to have people with good hearts and souls next to you. Andreea and I know other very well because in Bucharest we live in the same area so we are kind of neighbours :) Victor is an amazing player, an example for me and a person that I can learn a lot from, because he has been in this business for much longer than I have. He works so hard and has done some great improvements lately so it's very nice to see him doing well. I'm happy to see any Romanian doing well, we are a small country so we should support each other as much as we can!

And now as a last thought - I just want to thank everyone for their lovely messages and comments here, on my Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else you guys wrote me. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoy my blog because I do it for you guys... For example the other day I met Lisa Raymond in the hotel parking and she told me that I was doing a good job with my blog. Knowing that such an amazing and accomplished player like Lisa reads my blog made my day :))

So yes I'm human and I nurture myself with postive feedback...

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend,

Love,

Sori


I like it. It's a nice read.

codrutc
Mar 10th, 2013, 07:17 AM
I enjoyed her writing too. What do you guys think, any chances for her to upset Agnieszka?

WonderFan
Mar 14th, 2013, 02:08 AM
SORI'S STORY: FACING YOUR FEARS
From dissecting a loss to facing her fears, get to know Sorana Cirstea a little better in her blog - and what did she learn in the third grade that came in handy at Indian Wells? Find out right here...
Published March 12, 2013 12:00

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hello hello....

I'm writing this post from my balcony, still in Indian Wells... I've finished all my training, gym and recovery for the day, and since I have a little bit of time till dinner, let's write something. But just a quick note before we start: I'm very hungry, so if I don't make a lot of sense today, I promise it's not me, it's the hunger that isn't letting me think clearly anymore! I only see sushi and sashimi in front of me... out of the last seven dinners, probably six of them I've had Japanese food, so if I get raw food intoxication later, remind me not to complain...

Let's first get through the painful stuff so then I can get to the fun things I know you guys enjoy much more... I lost a tough match 6-4 in the third against Aga Radwanska on Sunday. I played a good one, a little up and down but overall it was a positive match. It doesn't matter if you lose an easy one or a tough one, I think they all hurt almost the same. Aga is probably the player with the best anticipation and the best feel for the court, and the reason she won is because she was better than me in the important moments. You don't have to be Einstein to figure that out, so all credit to her, she deserved the win... but the thing that makes me happy is that this year I've played better from tournament to tournament and I think everyone can see that. Lately I've been putting my head down and working hard day in, day out, and things are looking good. I've learned that in tennis, if you want to be better, you have to follow certain steps. It's about constant progress and work. You can't really get to the fourth floor if you don't get to the first, second and third, let's say. Some people take the stairs and it takes them longer, others take the elevator... but it's the same concept!!!

I wish I knew then what I know now, but don't we all say this??!! Sometimes we learn something new about the past that changes everything we know about the present. So now I've tried to simplify things and my only goal when I wake up in the morning is to be a little better than I was yesterday - that's it, no more, no less....

I know the way I'm expressing myself makes me sound like a very positive person who sees the world all pinky and bubbly... but as everyone else, I do have my dark and twisted moments. But I am getting better in controlling those. I've realized that it's my choice the way I wanna feel... and yes I've made a choice and decided to see the best in people and things before anything else...

Another thing that helped me lately has been to face my fears.... I will not manage to get better if I don't get out of my comfort zone and deal with my fears... last year in September I did my first skydive jump - people asked me why??? My answer was "because I was afraid of it" and everyone looked at me like I was crazy... but aren't we all a little crazy in our own way??? And maybe we have to get a little messed up before we can step up :)))

Phewwww this blog is turning out too serious, so let's talk about something else before I make anyone else crazy....

We had an earthquake yesterday morning and it was not a huge one, it was 5.2 or something like this, but still everything started to shake and move like in a Shakira video!!!!!! What I remember is that when I was in the third grade in school we had big earthquake training because they were expecting a huge one in Romania. So what they taught us is as soon as the ground starts shaking, hide underneath a table or something solid, or stay close to walls and large pillars... and since I was always paying attention in school, as soon as the room started moving here I went under the desk. Thank God I was alone in the room and no one saw me because I would have been a little embarrassed...

And now as a last subject I will talk about my love for "Grey's Anatomy"... I'm addicted to this series, so much that sometimes I wish I was a doctor. I find it amazing what those guys can do and I know it's only a TV show but still I find it awesome and so well written... plus they have the best quotes ever... I'm currently on Season 6 and they have nine of them, so I'm happy I still have a while to go... ahhh and they have some of the most interesting episode names like "Drowning On Dry Land", "My Favorite Mistake", "Give Peace A Chance", "Staring At The Sun" and many more... and I've just read that all of these titles are actually names of the songs... soooooo cool....

Back to sushi and sashimi now....

Love,

Sori

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WonderFan
Mar 14th, 2013, 02:10 AM
She sounds very smart.

Curcubeu
Mar 14th, 2013, 10:59 AM
She sounds very smart.

Sure.


I liked most that recently she starts expressing more regret for mistakes she has done in the past what to me means that she has learned from those and try to make it better in the future.

There were certainly a lot of things that went wrong, but she is still young and we know about her potential. Let's see how far she can go.

Curcubeu
Mar 18th, 2013, 10:26 PM
Sunday, March 17, 2013

Hey guys,

As a change, today's blog is going to have two parts - not because I wanted to, but because I was forced to!

I'm writing this first part on Saturday evening, from the plane on my way to Miami.... usually this is my time when I try to catch up with all my writing duties and answer all my e-mails, questions or requirements my agent sends me.

I spend so much time flying that in time I've learned to use it in a nice way and not waste all those hours. I see it as a time for myself where I can write, read, do crosswords - I'm addicted to Romanian crosswords and always have competitions with my coach about who is better and faster at finishing them (of course me), or any other things that relax me. Plus we need to find ways to keep our brains in shape as well, not just our bodies, we don't want our neurons to atrophy :)))) When I'm home in Romania I'm sooooo busy that sometimes I feel I don't even have time to breathe. Then in tournaments it can be quite stressful. So I see flying as a time to switch off, not only my phone but also mentally from all the stress, and just relax...

On Thursday after my last practice in Indian Wells we drove to Los Angeles to spend two days with my friends there and get my mind a little peace away from any tournament venue... I still trained hard and did all my workouts but the fact that two days I could be surrounded by friends and have some normal quality time with them made me very happy. They are all Romanians, so it's easier to connect because we all come from the same backgrounds and we see things in the same way. At some point as we were driving we put old Romanian songs on and we all started to sing as hard as we could... I'm sure people around thought we were crazy, but it was one of the best karaokes ever... then we were having a huge discussion on what Romanian food we miss the most and it got quite heated up to that point because we all had different opinions... but in a simple line, we all miss the Romanian customs and the Romanian things. I started tennis when I was four years old and played my first tournament outside of the country when I was eight, and since then I haven't stopped travelling. So I don't let myself get to the point where I'm homesick, but I do miss my country.... I always say, how can you miss someone or something if you've never been away from it??? And sometimes we don't appreciate the presence as much as we appreciate the absence...

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That was what I wrote before the flight started to get quite bumpy, and I stopped because I couldn't focus anymore.

Now as I'm trying to finish this post it's Sunday evening and I'm at my desk in my Miami hotel room.

I used to have zero issues with turbulence, as a kid I actually liked them - I would pretend I was in a rollercoaster... but then as I got older I started to be more aware of the dangers and feel a little uncomfortable. When you are a child life is easy because you can't really understand the world in her true sense and you have no worries, no duties, everything in the world seems sweet and innocent... then later on you start realizing what your responsibilities are, your priorities, you start setting up your values and the things you want to achieve. And I think tennis does a good job of making us mature faster than our age. My dad always used to tell me, 'The earlier you set up your priorities in life, the faster you will get where you want'!!!!!!!! I'm very grateful for the education my parents gave me from very young... in Romania we say the most important years are the first seven years of your life before you start going to school, because that's when your character and personality develop and you learn all the cool things like respect, good behaviour, what's good or bad, how to act properly and many more things.....

I've just had my first day here in Miami and it went well... I had a good practice with my coach in the morning and another good hit with my best friend Ana in the afternoon... I won't play my first match until Thursday or Friday so I still have enough time to adjust to the conditions. And now to give you a little inside scoop, I tend to practice with the same girls before tournaments, and I think all of us are quite similar, we all have our friends or favourite practice partners. So for example I have my practices set for the next days and it looks like this: in the mornings I always hit with my coach but then in the afternoons I will practice with girls. Monday I'm hitting with Pavlyuchenkova, Tuesday with Bartoli and Thursday with Kirilenko, so I'm very organized :) ... actually it's not me, it's my coach that is setting it all up. He's the one doing all the bookings and stuff, so their job is a little more complicated than just telling us how to hit forehands and backhands!!!!! And now since I'm giving away too much tennis information, let's talk about a different subject ;)

My agent Ben will probably have a heart attack reading this, or he will kill me tomorrow, not sure which one yet... but as I was walking on site today I met Marina Erakovic and her caoch.. so we started talking and we got to the point where her coach Chris told me he lost a bet, because Marina won the Memphis tournament he now has to jump off a plane with her and they are thinking of doing it after Miami... so I said, 'This is perfect timing, let's go together.' My birthday is in three weeks and my wish for this year's birthday is to do my second skydiving jump as soon as I get home after I'm done here in the States... but then she goes, 'Let's try and convince more players so we go as a group.' Soooo if anyone who reads this wants to join us we are happy to welcome you :)))) I can't believe I'm advertising this, but I swear it's not my idea, it's Marina's, so don't blame me :)

Talk soon,

Love,

Sori

What do you think of Monica Niculescu's victory in Florianopolis? Narcis
It was great to see Monica winning that title in Florianopolis... she works very hard and I'm very happy when I see her doing well. I'm actually happy to see any Romanian do well....

How was your practice with Steffi? What did you work on and what does she tell you? Sue, USA
Steffi is amazing, I love her, she is a true inspiration and as I've said before she is the reason why I started tennis.... she has a very intense way of doing the practice and she makes you work hard, but what we talk about stays between me and her :)

Did you like visiting Serbia? You and Ana Ivanovic are great friends. Did you take her to Romania and did she like it there? Aleksandr
I loved Serbia because I found it very similar to Romania. That's another reason why Ana and I get on so well. We grew up in a similar background and we have a similar education.... she hasn't been to Romania yet, but we are trying to plan that trip :)

What do you like most: clay (red, green or blue), grass or hardcourts? Adrian, Romania
Definitely hardcourt, I think it suits my game better.

Would you and Ana ever play doubles together? Jakov, Serbia
Never say never :)

It's my understanding that your parents have a SORANA variety of their ice cream. Question, were you named after the ice cream or was the ice cream named after you? Michael
Yes, my parents have an ice cream business and they produce their own brand, which is called 'Sorana'... I was born in 1990 and my parents' business started in 1992, so I was first, then came the ice cream :)


I love that last question. :lol:

And the discussion about which food and stuff you miss most, I can really identify with as I'm also living abroad for most of the time.

codrutc
Mar 19th, 2013, 12:47 AM
I like the small things she writes, never boring.

WonderFan
Mar 19th, 2013, 01:18 AM
I've really always seen her as a big popsicle since the first time I saw her.

Curcubeu
Mar 25th, 2013, 09:44 PM
Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hey,

I'm sorry for not writing much the past couple of days. I'm not going to pull the "I was busy" excuse or any other cool reason, because my mum always told me, 'A lady never tries to find excuses for not being on time, she just says I'm sorry and moves on.' So in order to make my mum happy and not break those lady rules, I'll just say..... I'M SORRY. I promise I'll make it up to you guys :)

So let's see how the last week of my life has been...

On Friday I was a few points away from losing to Sílvia Soler-Espinosa in my second round match. I already had one foot on the plane on my way to Bucharest, before I managed to turn it around and win the match 6-2 in the third.

When I have a good day I find it very easy to get the win, but the problem is when you don't have such a great day and you don't feel the things the right way on the court, that's when you have to find a way to win the match. And the two things that made me get through on Friday were my legs and my heart. I fought my way into the match with whatever I had that day and I'm proud for turning that around. There were times before when I used to be ashamed if I wasn't playing perfectly, but now I understand that when your game is not there, you can still win matches just with legs and heart. Plus, sometimes these matches give you way more satisfaction than the matches when you played well and win easily, because you didn't quit, you didn't give up, and you fought hard and tried your best - it really gives you that joy and excitement sport is all about.

And today - Sunday - I won another match, my third round against Angelique Kerber. She is a great Top 10 player and a very nice girl as well. There is not much I will say about this except that I was happy with the way I played and things went well, so it was one of those good days....

But the point I'm trying to make here is that it's such a small difference between making it and not making it... So many times I was down set points in my first round matches and then went on to win the tournament, or similar situations like this!!!! And lately I've learned that it's all about fighting fighting fighting with whatever you have in the tank that day, because things can turn around so quickly!!!!

Now let's see what else I've done off the court, something interesting so you don't fall asleep while reading this post... hmmm... well except for spending some girls time with Ana, and going on an afternoon at the spa with my other good friend Maria Kirilenko to relax a bit, not much has happened - my life for the past week has been mostly related to tennis. I know I'm in Miami and there are so many cool things to do, but I'll have enough time after the tournament is done to check the beach and all that stuff ;) Usually while I'm playing I don't like to waste my energy on too many off-court activities, I'm pretty quiet and I focus on my training, my recovery and all the other duties our job requires.... ahhh okay and I forgot to mention that I went shopping one afternoon as well with Andreea, the wife of Hanescu... how can I forget the most important activity, shopping..... ;)

This week I also took a little break from my daily Grey's Anatomy episodes to watch some movies... I felt like I needed a change... so I came across this documentary called "Tyson". It's about the life of Mike Tyson. I like real stories and documentaries, I like to see real life people and how they manage to conquer those struggles, issues and problems that reality brings... I don't really enjoy much sci-fi movies and comedies, I'm more of a drama, thriller, action type of person ;)

Anyway back to Tyson.... I find boxing similar to tennis from the mental point of view and found this documentary very interesting. I know some will agree with me and some will not, and that's all good. I learned from my parents that in life I have two options: "I love or I ignore". And when you live your life between these two feelings there is no place for hate. I try not to judge because I know how it feels to be judged all the time and you never really know what's behind someone's decision. So if I see something good in life I express my love and joy towards it, and if I see something that I don't like I just ignore it and move forward. Life is way too short for me to spend my energy on negative things... the same goes with this documentary, I liked some of the things and embraced them, and I didn't like some of the things and I ignored them, but overall I found it very interesting. I call this "my organic way of thinking"... my non-altered, non-chemically treated way of thinking :))) I like to believe that no matter how old I get I can still keep that innocent way where you see the best in people before anything else.

Now unfortunately I will have to go because tomorrow I'm playing my fourth round match against Jelena Jankovic and I need to get some rest... ahhhhh but before that I need to complain about something.... I need to complain about the Miami weather... how in the world do the girls that live here manage to have nice, sleek hair??!!! Every single day in this city it's a bad hair day because of the humidity... the hairspray business must be doing really well here because that's the only thing that settles down the bird nest on my head... I'm serious now, this is a life or death issue and I consider the Miami girls true heroes.... ;)

Night night,

Love,

Sori


The part in bold really impresses me. It also explains why she loves to turn around matches these days as she has the confidence and self-believe to be able to do it.

We can also be safe that she doesn't post on TF with her organic way of thinking. And she better doesn't read what is posted here as well.

I hope Ana gave her some tips on how to beat Jelena, though.

Belle de Jour
Mar 26th, 2013, 01:04 AM
I hope Ana gave her some tips on how to beat Jelena, though.

Apparently not, she keeps on double faluting :mad:

overrule
Mar 28th, 2013, 03:41 AM
She has a really nice way of looking at things and expressing her feelings. God, I want to see her do well. Of course, she's a professional tennis player, top 30 in the world, so she's already doing well. But with a little more improvement, she could be a true star.

ciprianned
Apr 8th, 2013, 09:04 PM
Made by me :)

https://twitter.com/SoranaCirsteaRO

Curcubeu
Jul 3rd, 2013, 08:42 PM
http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/sorana-cand-doar-visa-la-wimbledon-acum-16-ani-stateam-5-6-ore-pe-teren-ce-spune-tenismena-de-evolutia-din-anglia-11075000

First of all, tell me what you were doing 16 years ago.
16 years ago worked hard on the tennis court. Sitting 5-6 hours in training and getting ready for class I.

Why couldn't you go past second round at Wimbledon?
It was a difficult match. Camila Giorgi plays great on grass. This match was supposed to win 6-3, 6-3, but it was a day when I did not got anything. It was a defeat which hurt more. Not many people know, but I cried all night after that failure.

Many say that you missed a good chance to make at least a quarter-final ...
It was not so simple. I would have had to beat Bartoli ... I have to think that the level is pretty even and that it's not easy to beat any player ranked 100.

How were the Wimbledon courts this year? Many players have slipped ...
I do not know why, but it was somewhat slower. And from year to year, the grass is growing slower.

Halep had an excellent run until she met Li Na ...
Simona does a great job. We are not competing, and I'm very happy for her. So far it's a great year for Romanian women's tennis and I hope we keep this up.

However, the Romanians lost two odd situations. Monica Niculescu had three match balls and Horia Tecau took 2-0 in sets ...
Tennis is a sport where anything is possible. I'm gutted of such failures, but we are not the only ones who happens to it. Many criticize us when we lose after we had the game in hand, but few praise us when we turn it around for once.

What happened to the stars of this Wimbledon? Nadal, Federer, Azarenka, Sharapova or Serena all lost early.
From my point of view, there were no big surprises. And I could have lost in Round 1. Serena and everyone else are human and could not keep on winning forever. Sabine is very good on grass. In the past four years she has made tow quarterfinals and two semifinals here.

What was wrong with the orange soles of Federer in the match against Hanescu?
The English are very strict when it comes to equipment and I'm glad they keep it like that. And I needed the approval of the referee to be wearing mourning due to the the tragedy in Montenegro.

How often do you wake up with doping controllers in front of your door?
I'm already used to it. Last year they came three times a week. In addition, we are controlled after every match we lose. I still do my routine and I do not mind. They keep tennis clean.

I have to agree with most parts but lol @ I could have lost R1 as well when talking about surprises. :lol:

Anyway, I hope she can regroup for the rest of the year, she has to maintain her Top 30 spot.


Here an autograph, for Prosport's (sport magazine) birthday.

http://storage0.dms.mpinteractiv.ro/media/401/581/7969/11071247/5/autograf-sorana.jpg?height=394&width=300

codrutc
Jul 3rd, 2013, 08:52 PM
Nice calligraphy.

overrule
Jul 8th, 2013, 01:30 AM
"It was not so simple. I would have had to beat Bartoli ... I have to think that the level is pretty even and that it's not easy to beat any player ranked 100."

She may be right, but she needs the belief that she WILL beat most top 100 players. Too often, it seems like she's hoping for luck. She shouldn't need luck against players outside the top 10. She has the tools (except for the belief).

hellas719
Jul 11th, 2013, 05:49 AM
She cried all night after losing to Giorgi :awww:

codrutc
Jul 20th, 2013, 12:38 AM
Sorana finished her Adidas sponsored training in Las Vegas and is now headed to Palo Alto for her first tournament of the US Open series.

Curcubeu
Aug 14th, 2013, 07:40 PM
http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/interviu-sorana-cirstea-am-stat-si-opt-ore-la-antrenament-11251315

You have reached #21 in the world, the best position you have ever occupied. How are you?
Excellent. I am very glad, but I don't care much about my ranking position. I am most pleased that my game has progressed further. Being ranked 21st is the result of the hard work that I have invested in training and through my latest victories.

Let's take a radiograph of your week in Toronto. How was it playing Olga Savchuk in the first round?
It was a very difficult game because it was the first one in the tournament. I have not played sensational, but it was enough to win.

Followed Caroline Wozniacki ...
I started very badly. I was close to an exit, but the fact that I saved two match points and then got 15 points in a row says something about how well I recovered.

Was it a little easier against Jelena Jankovic?
Not at all, but I have improved and I was able to take the opportunities I got to take revenge for the defeat at Miami.

In the quarters you have defeated the Czech Petra Kvitova for the first time. (Romanian sports media fail)
And how hard it was! Petra is an uncomfortable player with a totally different style of play than most girls on the circuit.

You have played the Chinese Li Na more often in the past... Yes, but it's good that I met her in the semifinals and not in the early stages of the tournament, as it was until recently. Li Na may have been the best match. I felt very strong mentally and I was able to translate everything I had in mind on to the court.

What happened in the final with Serena?
I got a bad day. Nothing worked. I could not serve and felt low on my mentality ... I've been a little tired after a long tour ...

Were you nervous?
No. Not at all. I just had an off-day. I was a little disappointed in myself at the end.

Why were you crying at award ceremony?
I had high hopes for the final. I really wanted to win and it was quite a let-down.

You received a lot of vocal support from the stands.
I never thought I'd meet a patriotic atmosphere so far away from home. The Romanians in Toronto were great, they made me feel at home and I want to thank them so much. I am grateful as well to those who sent me thousands of messages on social networks.

How do you explain your ascendant lately?
The changes I made date back longer than just a few weeks, but now I see the results of it. After Wimbledon I took a vacation after which I felt really good. Then I came to America and I had between 6-8 hours preparation a day. I can say that I've changed, I've matured, I've learned from past mistakes and take things step by step. For me and my staff it was not a big surprise how far I came in Toronto.

Which influence has the new Australian coach Darren Cahill on Sorana?
Darren is with me for six years, but only in recent weeks he worked together really closely. He gave me a lot of confidence, taught me not to give up and always believe in myself. Besides Darren, Victor Ionita is playing an important role as well, as he has sacrificed the last two years to be with me.

Which advice did Graf and Agassi give you?
Besides a lot of technical and tactical related stuff, I always say that a great athlete must be human. I was advised to always be humble, down to earth and only look at my game and my life.

What can we expect from Sorana at the U.S. Open?
The U.S. Open are still far away. I want to play the tournament at Cincinnati and then I'll think of the U.S. Open. I can tell you that I will get my game working and I will try to give everything on court.

Belle de Jour
Aug 15th, 2013, 02:10 AM
http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/3347316/title/sorana-cirsteas-secret-weapon

Belle de Jour
Aug 21st, 2013, 03:12 PM
Nice to see our girls getting some recognition :)

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/3419632/title/40-love-history-romanian-renaissance

Curcubeu
Nov 10th, 2013, 09:56 AM
Great year end interview with Sorana

http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/2014-poate-fi-anul-lor-sorana-si-simona-au-pus-ochii-pe-serena-cirstea-putem-urca-mai-mult-in-wta-11643098

How was the year 2013 for you?
It was a good year in which I have progressed. I began the year ranked 27th on the WTA tour and I finished 22th. I made small, but firm steps. Overall it was a steady year, I played better from month to month and I'm pleased with what I achieved .

What was your best win this year?
It was certainly achieved in Toronto. I think the match against Wozniacki or Jankovic in the first two rounds. From my point of view, they were the hardest matches. Then I got so much confidence that I felt I could beat anyone. The following victories have therefore not seemed so special.

And the toughest defeat?
There were several. It's between the failures at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. After going far in Toronto, I wanted very much to play a good tournament and I failed ... the frustration of my failure was high. And in London, after the match (against Camila Giorgi 6-7 , 6-7 ) , I said that if I would have played 100 times against her, I would have lost any single time.

By the end of the year you had some less successful tournament. What was the cause?
In Toronto I got injured. I suffered from a rupture in my abdominal muscles by two centimetres, I tried to pull myself together, but it didn't really work out. At the U.S. Open it started to hurt a lot. Then I shouldn't have played the last four tournaments, but I told myself to try. I was at the end of the season, I got tired and due to these factors I lost. But despite these losses, I can not forget the good year I had.

What's the best gift you've ever received from a fan this year?
I received a book in China which contained all posts and photos posted by me on Twiter . The book has over 100 pages and I found it incredible how much patience the fan had to gather all my messages. To do that, it means that you care about me enormously. I was touched by her gesture, especially since China 's restricted access Twiter . Throughout the year I get all kinds of plush animals that are sent home to Targoviste. I have them all.

What do you miss most when you 're on the tour?
Hard to say, because I'm abroad for most of the year. When I come home, the first thing you do is to ask my mom to make polenta . Obviously, I miss my family very much . But I'm used to this lifestyle .

Is Victor Ionita the perfect coach for you?
Yes! Until now, yeah! We are now working together for two years and he is the one who helps me a lot. I have great confidence in him and I am very grateful for what he did. He brought stability into my game consistency.

Serena really seems undefeatable...
Not unbeatable, but it's not a coincidence that she is on number one. It's very uncomfortable for me. I like to play aggressive and dominate, but against Serena it's very hard to do. But I want to play her as often as possible because I am convinced that the day will come that I will win.

Do we have to wait for her to retire to see Romanian players on top?
No. First I want to fight her, then she can retire.

What did you feel in the moment that you saw the rise of Simona Halep?
I am very happy for her, really. The world is not aware of the value of results that she obtained. I think next year will be even better, for her and for me.

Are you jealous of her success?
No. I have no reason to be jealous. I think everyone has his/her way in life. She quickly climbed the rankings, I did slowly but steadily. I am happy because I know how much work it needed to get there. It's a lot of effort behind these results.

Speaking of value, how do you rate the distance between you and Simona?
I do not know what is the difference between us. the rankings speak for themselves. If she finished on 11th place, it means that she played 11th best. I, when I finished at #22 , then I played 22nd best. Now we must work even harder to back up the trend.

Are you surprised by Simona's results?
No. In tennis, anything is possible. On the girls' tour, the differences start to equalize. Now, you can lose to #100 today and play an even match against #10 tomorrow.

Do you think you or Simona can reach number one?
It's normal. Everyone wants to reach this position, and if I didn't believe, I would not play tennis. It depends very much on how we will work further and how we manage our careers.

One last question: What do you wish for 2014?
First I want health. the best tactical preparation is useless, if the body does not help. I'm sure I'll climb up several positions. I do not have a fixed target because I do not want to put unnecessary pressure on myself.

Stevessie
Nov 26th, 2013, 12:45 AM
I compiled all of Sori's blogs entry's into a pdf for your enjoyment. I like her writing, is very clean and joyfull, you find a lesser known talent of her. I hope WTA askes for new journal pages or she finds courage to publish her writing.

http://www.mediafire.com/view/mlv1x23loque9km/Sori_s%2520Story.pdf

WonderFan
Nov 26th, 2013, 02:16 AM
I compiled all of Sori's blogs entry's into a pdf for your enjoyment. I like her writing, is very clean and joyfull, you find a lesser known talent of her. I hope WTA askes for new journal pages or she finds courage to publish her writing.

http://www.mediafire.com/view/mlv1x23loque9km/Sori_s%2520Story.pdf

Well done!

CheddarChomper
Nov 29th, 2013, 12:35 PM
I compiled all of Sori's blogs entry's into a pdf for your enjoyment. I like her writing, is very clean and joyfull, you find a lesser known talent of her. I hope WTA askes for new journal pages or she finds courage to publish her writing.

http://www.mediafire.com/view/mlv1x23loque9km/Sori_s%2520Story.pdf

Thanks! I did really enjoy her blog posts - lots of interesting tidbits about life on the tour and she has a nice, free and easy style of writing.

leo830301
Dec 10th, 2013, 02:46 AM
http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/interviu-sorana-cirstea-am-stat-si-opt-ore-la-antrenament-11251315

You have reached #21 in the world, the best position you have ever occupied. How are you?
Excellent. I am very glad, but I don't care much about my ranking position. I am most pleased that my game has progressed further. Being ranked 21st is the result of the hard work that I have invested in training and through my latest victories.

Let's take a radiograph of your week in Toronto. How was it playing Olga Savchuk in the first round?
It was a very difficult game because it was the first one in the tournament. I have not played sensational, but it was enough to win.

Followed Caroline Wozniacki ...
I started very badly. I was close to an exit, but the fact that I saved two match points and then got 15 points in a row says something about how well I recovered.

Was it a little easier against Jelena Jankovic?
Not at all, but I have improved and I was able to take the opportunities I got to take revenge for the defeat at Miami.

In the quarters you have defeated the Czech Petra Kvitova for the first time. (Romanian sports media fail)
And how hard it was! Petra is an uncomfortable player with a totally different style of play than most girls on the circuit.

You have played the Chinese Li Na more often in the past... Yes, but it's good that I met her in the semifinals and not in the early stages of the tournament, as it was until recently. Li Na may have been the best match. I felt very strong mentally and I was able to translate everything I had in mind on to the court.

What happened in the final with Serena?
I got a bad day. Nothing worked. I could not serve and felt low on my mentality ... I've been a little tired after a long tour ...

Were you nervous?
No. Not at all. I just had an off-day. I was a little disappointed in myself at the end.

Why were you crying at award ceremony?
I had high hopes for the final. I really wanted to win and it was quite a let-down.

You received a lot of vocal support from the stands.
I never thought I'd meet a patriotic atmosphere so far away from home. The Romanians in Toronto were great, they made me feel at home and I want to thank them so much. I am grateful as well to those who sent me thousands of messages on social networks.

How do you explain your ascendant lately?
The changes I made date back longer than just a few weeks, but now I see the results of it. After Wimbledon I took a vacation after which I felt really good. Then I came to America and I had between 6-8 hours preparation a day. I can say that I've changed, I've matured, I've learned from past mistakes and take things step by step. For me and my staff it was not a big surprise how far I came in Toronto.

Which influence has the new Australian coach Darren Cahill on Sorana?
Darren is with me for six years, but only in recent weeks he worked together really closely. He gave me a lot of confidence, taught me not to give up and always believe in myself. Besides Darren, Victor Ionita is playing an important role as well, as he has sacrificed the last two years to be with me.

Which advice did Graf and Agassi give you?
Besides a lot of technical and tactical related stuff, I always say that a great athlete must be human. I was advised to always be humble, down to earth and only look at my game and my life.

What can we expect from Sorana at the U.S. Open?
The U.S. Open are still far away. I want to play the tournament at Cincinnati and then I'll think of the U.S. Open. I can tell you that I will get my game working and I will try to give everything on court.


KOREAN VER.

http://www.tennis.co.kr/News/Details?category=global&seq_no=24411&page=1

http://sports.news.naver.com/sports/index.nhn?category=sports_general&ctg=news&mod=read&office_id=411&article_id=0000000639

Curcubeu
Dec 10th, 2013, 03:50 PM
Sorana signed a sponsoring contract with BMW.

She and Horia Tecau were chosen as prominent faces to represent this car brand in Romania.

http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/galerie-foto-exclusiva-sorana-cirstea-si-horia-tecau-imaginea-bmw-11753526

Bonk
Dec 11th, 2013, 03:51 PM
http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/video-prosport-raport-interviu-exclusiv-simona-halep-si-sorana-carstea-despre-drumul-spre-varf-in-wta-11754158

Nightcrawl3r
Dec 11th, 2013, 07:50 PM
http://www.wtatennis.com/photos/article/3570921/title/gallery-most-popular-no30-to-no21 #22 [just as her ranking]

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/3569422/title/cirstea-haleps-tennis-day

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s0higher
Dec 19th, 2013, 04:05 PM
:armed: Sore will play Pattaya Open again in 2014. Hopefully she will do better this year, and reach at least the Final :armed:

Sorana Cirstea:
Who is ready for 2014? My schedule for the begining of the year : Aukland,Sydney,Australian Open,Pattaya,Doha,Dubai,Indian Wells,Miami !!!!

DanLovesWTA
Dec 21st, 2013, 12:11 PM
http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/sorana-are-planuri-mari-opt-turnee-in-primele-trei-luni-din-2014-pentru-patrunderea-in-top-20-11804289?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+prosport%2FzWZD+%28ProSport.r o%29

DanLovesWTA
Jan 1st, 2014, 12:54 AM
http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/sorana-cirstea-la-multi-ani-tuturor-2014-va-fi-un-an-mai-bun-11838557

Zumzzet
Jan 2nd, 2014, 09:42 PM
I hope that she will show us at AO her skill,her endurance,her physycal power and she will reach in minimum QF.

s0higher
Apr 3rd, 2014, 07:19 AM
Sorana`s tournaments schedule for April - May 2014

FED Cup (http://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-results/tie/details.aspx?tieId=100021475) (Bucharest) 19 - 20 April - Clay, Outdoor
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/web/english-tournament_players?OpenDocument) (Stuttgart) 21 - 27 April - Clay, Indoor
Portugal Open (http://en.portugalopen.pt/Players/Player-Landing.aspx) (Oeiras) 28 April - 03 May - Clay, Outdoor

Followed by Mutua Madrid Open, Internazionali BNL d'Italia and French Open

Do your best Sorana ! :hug:

Curcubeu
Apr 3rd, 2014, 09:13 AM
Maybe Sorana should overthink her schedule. Entering a couple of weaker events doesn't lessen your reputation, entering every big event and losing in R1 does.

s0higher
Apr 3rd, 2014, 02:05 PM
These are somehow the same tournaments she attended last year, except Stuttgart being preferred instead of Marrakech which in my opinion is a good change since last year she lost in R1 there and there was no point to defend. Why go and play in a different continent when you can spend the next few months in Europe..

By all means, she can take Simona`s example from last year and grab some points form the smaller events.
My question is what will happen if she starts losing in R1 in MM tournaments ?!?!

ATM, all I wish from her is to be 100% fit and focused on Fed Cup matches and bring us at least one point from her matches, even though it will be very tricky and involves a few factors to take into consideration:

How will she handle the pressure of this important tie ?
Can she manage to keep her emotions under control in front of a big romanian crowd who expect her to do a good result ? We all know how romanians act on stadiums when their favorites are losing and that will be another pressure on her shoulders (or her sometimes empty head if you prefer)

I just hope the supporters that will attend FED are aware of her unstable emotions and support her unconditionally despite the score on the board.

I swear sometimes is so hard to be a Sorana fan, but this is who she is and this is how she`s always been. I don`t get people who have greater expectations from her and compare her with Simona. Each one of them have their on path to follow in tennis and they will never be in the same category. At least not at the moment.

Love her or hate her, this is Sorana !
I do love her :)

Curcubeu
Apr 3rd, 2014, 06:25 PM
These are somehow the same tournaments she attended last year, except Stuttgart being preferred instead of Marrakech which in my opinion is a good change since last year she lost in R1 there and there was no point to defend. Why go and play in a different continent when you can spend the next few months in Europe..

By all means, she can take Simona`s example from last year and grab some points form the smaller events.
My question is what will happen if she starts losing in R1 in MM tournaments ?!?!


Well, yes, you can't force her to play smaller events. In fact her performance in Casablanca last year exactly showed why she doesn't choose to play them: She couldn't care less.

That match against Scheepers was a disgrace and it's not surprising to see her only having won one title so far if she performs like this in the smaller tournaments she actually has a chance to win. On the other hand in Pattaya, she played her best tennis this year until the choking started.

I guess she rightfully thinks that if she starts firing, she will likely beat the big players and then there is no need then to tire yourself out in the small events.


How will she handle the pressure of this important tie ?
Can she manage to keep her emotions under control in front of a big romanian crowd who expect her to do a good result ? We all know how romanians act on stadiums when their favorites are losing and that will be another pressure on her shoulders (or her sometimes empty head if you prefer)

I just hope the supporters that will attend FED are aware of her unstable emotions and support her unconditionally despite the score on the board.


I would be shocked to see not at least one choke in this tie. From which player ROU or SRB, I don't know, though.

DanLovesWTA
Apr 16th, 2014, 07:38 PM
http://sdv.galantom.ro/SoranaCirsteaGROW#page-description

DanLovesWTA
Apr 19th, 2014, 11:52 PM
http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/sorana-cirstea-breakdance-in-fata-anei-ivanovic-in-deschiderea-barajului-romania-serbia-din-fed-cup-romanca-a-facut-sapte-break-uri-12493592

Nightcrawl3r
Apr 20th, 2014, 06:13 PM
http://www.fedcup.com/en/news/175593.aspx

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