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bbjpa
Feb 13th, 2012, 05:50 PM
Lena :facepalm: ; 33 UEs :help:

Jane Lane
Feb 13th, 2012, 05:51 PM
NID. :help:

HuHu
Feb 13th, 2012, 05:51 PM
http://i39.tinypic.com/28vuber.jpg

Curcubeu
Feb 13th, 2012, 05:53 PM
Some world class point construction from Monica! She got early into Vesnina's head and after the Russian blew 7 BPs at the beginning of the second set, the match was over!

Now against Vera! Already looking forward! :cheer:



P. S. Now people will probably only say how awful Vesnina was, without asking why and probably forget about Monica's subleme passing and drop shots which brought even even the British Eurosport commentators to silence, but I'm used to it...

Petkorazzi
Feb 13th, 2012, 05:53 PM
I thought Vesnina's problems were just mental, but she simply has no game anymore.

Losing Streak
Feb 13th, 2012, 05:53 PM
Lena :sad:. Reaching new lows... ::help:

cellophane
Feb 13th, 2012, 05:53 PM
:lol:

Bageled by Niculescu :o

Djezonfly
Feb 13th, 2012, 05:54 PM
Get it Monica, now take Vera out :cheer:

Gilas.
Feb 13th, 2012, 05:55 PM
Monica was good actually; defending very well and had the answers to evrything Vesnina threw at her. Unfortunately that fact was overshadowed by how godawful Elena is.

I wonder why this was a televised match :confused:

Landon92
Feb 13th, 2012, 05:56 PM
That was probably Niculescu at her best, with mixing totally every single point. Well done.

Vesnina is useless.

sammy01
Feb 13th, 2012, 05:57 PM
vesisna is the type of idiotic ball basher monica loves. this scoreline and result only shows how vesisna is just proof you can just be an average ball striker with zero brain and be ranked as high as she is.

RR-87
Feb 13th, 2012, 05:58 PM
http://verydemotivational.ru/uploads/posts/2010-08/1282664422_129046544509030726.jpg

Curcubeu
Feb 13th, 2012, 05:58 PM
Bageled by Niculescu :o

In her last 16 victories Monica handed out 14 breadsticks or bagels among those are all the wins she collected so far in 2012. No shame in that.
Already thought about opening a thread about that. Maybe she will get some kind of credit...

I wonder why this was a televised match :confused:

She is playing different, the casual people like it. They cheered for her even during the interview after the match. Organizers think about attracting people and the unusual is still what sells best.

Siderophyre
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:02 PM
Niculescu isn't getting enough credit here. She clearly got into Vesnina's head and thoroughly frustrated her. She played a smart game today and could have taken out a higher ranked player than Vesnina.

Israel
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:03 PM
I just don't like watching her play. Even if she makes it to the top 20 and wins big tournaments her gamestyle is just so odd. The first thing the tennis coach teaches you is to never slice with the forehand...
Good luck for the rest of the tournament I guess...

Shvedbarilescu
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:05 PM
Yeah, I expected this to be pretty easy....but not quite that easy.

Obviously Elena played a part in that, but Monica gave precious little away. When you go a whole match with only 5 errors while hitting 12 winners you do normally end up winning. Of course when your opponent hits 33 errors that makes it a little bit easier but this match was never going to be in doubt. The way Monica is playing right now she is just too solid and too smart for a player of Vesnina's calibre.

Looking forward to Monica's next match against Vera Zvonareva. At the very least that should provide Monica with a greater test of her current capabilities. Even so, I actually think Monica's got a pretty decent chance of winning.

I've been following Monica for a good four and a half years now and I did always expect Monica to establish herself as a top 30, possibly even top 20, player. But it has been fun watching it happen and watching as all the pieces in Monica's game fall into place. The last 6 months have been the best so far in Monica's career. But I still do not believe she is finished with her progress. The best is still to come. :)

Curcubeu
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:06 PM
I just don't like watching her play. Even if she makes it to the top 20 and wins big tournaments her gamestyle is just so odd. The first thing the tennis coach teaches you is to never slice with the forehand...
Good luck for the rest of the tournament I guess...

Thankfully she never listened to her coaches, otherwise she wouldn't be there where she is. ;)

T_P
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:06 PM
That was hilarious :lol:
But congrats to Monica, she did play very well and she seemed so nice in her interview :)

Mistress of Evil
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:07 PM
Dear Lord :speakles:

Gilas.
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:08 PM
She is playing different, the casual people like it. They cheered for her even during the interview after the match. Organizers think about attracting people and the unusual is stell what sells best.

Good point. I guess I'm just used to seeds/locals/beauties being televised :p

Monica's definitely got game, albeit a very unusual one. I hope she gets a title soon.

killerqueen
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:08 PM
Monica could double bagel Serena, Venus and Kim back-to-back and people would still hate her like! :lol:

Her game is at times a tragic mess, but it can also be really effective - from the (admitedly little) that I saw today she pretty much tortured Vesnina. Niculescu is nowhere near as dreadful as people make her out to be.

killerqueen
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:11 PM
Monica was good actually; defending very well and had the answers to evrything Vesnina threw at her. Unfortunately that fact was overshadowed by how godawful Elena is.

I wonder why this was a televised match :confused:

The Eurosport presenter mentioned that it was "a bonus match" towards the end of their coverage of Kuznetsova/MJMS... I'm assuming some of their earlier games ran short, so they decided to show one more match.

Shvedbarilescu
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:12 PM
Thankfully she never listened to her coaches, otherwise she wouldn't be there where she is. ;)

This.

dsanders06
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:17 PM
:happy:

The Dawntreader
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:19 PM
It's Vesnina. If it didn't happen today, it would've happened tomorrow.

nevetssllim
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:25 PM
Vesnina clearly doesn't have the IQ to cope with Niculescu but I didn't expect the scoreline to be so one-sided. Haven't seen Elena play since Auckland but I was shocked by how woefully inconsistent her ground game was then.

flareon
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:30 PM
Now I am not monica fan but I have to say this was a brilliant performance and she hit the ball so well and defended brilliantly its the best I have ever seen her play and well done to her fully deserved :yeah:

goldenlox
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:31 PM
Now she's lost 4 matches in a row. On her way to being a doubles specialist

tennisfan146
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:32 PM
Niculescu played very well, it was a real joy to watch. The variety of spins and shots she possesses is really amazing, Vesnina was kinda outplayed and didn't know what to do. Vesnina's mentality is awful though, these break chances she missed were just horrible.

Miracle Worker
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:40 PM
Elena deserved to be double bagelled by Monica today.

Monica was really good. Her game is weird but in this match her game looked amazing. But i think her technique doesnt allow her to be more aggressive.

John.
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:46 PM
:rolls: Vesnina is an epic fail!

Betten
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:48 PM
I believe this is the universe's way to tell Vesnina she should stick to doubles.

Sombrerero loco
Feb 13th, 2012, 06:49 PM
junkulescu :bowdown:

plokploky
Feb 13th, 2012, 08:04 PM
I am starting to be a fan of monica. Now, I love big-hitters, but I also love defenders who are actually smart and dont just retrieve. She can play really well at the net (her reaction lob volley nearer the end of the 2nd set was amazing) and I love her random slices. She can get to nearly every ball, but she doesn't just moon ball it back, she might slice it, or she might do something else there isn't a name for.

I don't understand why players like monica and to a lesser extent radwanska gets so much hate by people who are constantly saying there is not enough variety in the womens game. They say there are too many ball bashers, but monica doesn't hit the ball hard enough. Make up your minds. There is no player who can hit hard and play really well at the net and play defensively ( apart fom kvitova when she's on:oh:)

Also, her weird style of play just makes it more interesting to watch, imho. A text book style is not always best...

Sammo
Feb 13th, 2012, 08:53 PM
:sobbing:

Mynarco
Feb 13th, 2012, 08:57 PM
Vesnina :help:
she cannot even win a singles match now :o

Patrick345
Feb 13th, 2012, 09:04 PM
Hardly surprising given that Niculescu is in the form of her life and Vesnina is not. You need either heavy power or a brain, patience and some variety to beat Niculescu. Given that Vesnina isn´t exactly the sharpest tool in the box this had to be expected.

faboozadoo15
Feb 13th, 2012, 09:08 PM
:hearts: Monica

So weird that she has so many haters. If she was from Russia, Germany, or France, she'd be popular.

Patrick345
Feb 13th, 2012, 09:20 PM
:hearts: Monica

So weird that she has so many haters. If she was from Russia, Germany, or France, she'd be popular.

Well I guess a lot has to do with her on-court behaviour. She has a style that can both be fun and annoying, and where the pendulum swings with the audience probably comes with the attitude. The fans liked Santoro, because he had this positive attitude on court. He was a fighter, but the crowd always felt like he knew he was BSing his opponents and just trying to have a good time. Niculescu gives a more serious vibe from her whole attitude, facial expressions and spirit on court.

Losing Streak
Feb 13th, 2012, 09:27 PM
Smitten's not commented yet. Must be masturbating to this result. :oh:

Linguae^
Feb 13th, 2012, 09:38 PM
Well, LenaNina, you really have some serious problems.

Jane Lane
Feb 13th, 2012, 09:46 PM
Well I guess a lot has to do with her on-court behaviour. She has a style that can both be fun and annoying, and where the pendulum swings with the audience probably comes with the attitude. The fans liked Santoro, because he had this positive attitude on court. He was a fighter, but the crowd always felt like he knew he was BSing his opponents and just trying to have a good time. Niculescu gives a more serious vibe from her whole attitude, facial expressions and spirit on court.

THIS. I started disliking her when I saw her at the USO '10 in R1 against Vika. She was vile. And her legion of half naked fat male fans sitting next to me were no better. *shudder*

Singleniacki
Feb 13th, 2012, 10:04 PM
Monica! :)

C. Drone
Feb 13th, 2012, 10:13 PM
Junkulescu bandwagon might starts earlier then I predicted :facepalm: 2012 truly end of world.

No surprise score, Vesnina is just... brrr.

Pops Maellard
Feb 13th, 2012, 10:25 PM
Vesnina :help:. You need help girl.

edificio
Feb 13th, 2012, 10:27 PM
Ever since the sex tape. Just kidding. Maybe it is too many final failures or perhaps her wrist is an issue again. Vesnina needs to regroup. Getting a bakery set from Niculescu is the end.

Vamos Feńa
Feb 13th, 2012, 10:46 PM
:tape:
Lena, I guess you are just very average :shrug:

Battiv
Feb 13th, 2012, 10:50 PM
I said that Kerber-Niculescu has been the Match of the Year. And now it isn't a case that Kerber won Paris and Niculescu is confirming those level.
And I believe that the Romanian is better on the clay.

Shvedbarilescu
Feb 13th, 2012, 10:56 PM
Well I guess a lot has to do with her on-court behaviour. She has a style that can both be fun and annoying, and where the pendulum swings with the audience probably comes with the attitude. The fans liked Santoro, because he had this positive attitude on court. He was a fighter, but the crowd always felt like he knew he was BSing his opponents and just trying to have a good time. Niculescu gives a more serious vibe from her whole attitude, facial expressions and spirit on court.

I think that has a lot to do with it, yeah. Infact, I do sometimes think it would do Monica so much good if she could incorporate a little of that Santoro body language into her game. When you are trying to discombobulate your opponent the single most important thing is to look in control and relaxed. When it looks like Monica is about to break down it delivers a message that she isn't in control of her game gives her opponents hope. In contrast when Fabrice would hit these crazy shots and drive his opponents crazy, he would look completely unflustered like he was just having a bit of fun entertaining the crowd. How demoralising and frustrating for his opponents that must have been I don't know but to feel toyed with like that wouldn't be great for the opponents confidence. Plus, of course, the audience loved that demeanor. If only Monica could bring that air of nonchalance into her own play it would do her the world of good.

Funny thing is that off the court she is this very funny, full of energy girl who seems totally at ease with life and herself. If only she could convey the same thing on the court. That said, I think she is improving in this regard. She no longer seems to have fits that result in her completely losing the plot and the match with it, and generally speaking she does seem to be keeping her emotions more in check, relatively speaking. But she is still a long way from producing that relaxed at ease vibe that I think would do her so much good, both in terms of winning her fans and also in terms of adding even more fustration to her opponents.

FedererBulgaria
Feb 13th, 2012, 10:58 PM
Monika is awful to watch!Worst player ever!

Brad[le]y.
Feb 13th, 2012, 10:59 PM
38 errors in 13 games :hysteric:

where's Smitten? :spit:

Shvedbarilescu
Feb 13th, 2012, 11:06 PM
Monika is awful to watch!Worst player ever!

I guess FedererBulgaria is just jealous that Tsveti only has the 2nd best forehand slice in women's tennis. :sad:

FedererBulgaria
Feb 13th, 2012, 11:17 PM
I guess FedererBulgaria is just jealous that Tsveti only has the 2nd best forehand slice in women's tennis. :sad:

I really dont like her sweety...i said to myself wait and see her Post match interview u can like her..and then oh god she was really...lets say strange :rolleyes:

Curcubeu
Feb 13th, 2012, 11:24 PM
I really dont like her sweety...i said to myself wait and see her Post match interview u can like her..and then oh god she was really...lets say strange :rolleyes:

Yeah, she is so bubbly and extroverted off the court. Yuck... :tape:

And in how far is this related to her performances on court?

Pvt. Kovalenko
Feb 14th, 2012, 12:01 AM
http://i39.tinypic.com/28vuber.jpg

Oh, Nina.. 33 UE's?? :help: :hug:

Well, good luck for her in Doubles..

Melange
Feb 14th, 2012, 01:06 AM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7001/6722342863_7cace26285_m.jpg

fouc
Feb 14th, 2012, 01:10 AM
Vesnina was quite disgusting there, rarely do I see players with so little, if any, idea how to play her opponent. She was absolutely clueless, had no gameplan whatsoever. Niculescu's usual haters (I'm with them!) won't believe me, but the Romanian was actually in control of most of the rallies. Even if her strokes are still atrocious, her point construction was impressive, which made it almost nice to watch.

Smitten
Feb 14th, 2012, 01:48 AM
Was this streamed? I have to see it.

Vesnina, Cornet, and Kirilenko are the worst players of all time.

Smitten
Feb 14th, 2012, 01:50 AM
It's Vesnina. If it didn't happen today, it would've happened tomorrow.

So true.

For all the people saying Vesnina needs help, help can't buy you talent or ability. Two things she simply does not have.

Brad[le]y.
Feb 14th, 2012, 02:11 AM
Was this streamed? I have to see it.

Vesnina, Cornet, and Kirilenko are the worst players of all time.

I only saw highlights; they were utterly hilarious

mirzafanindia
Feb 14th, 2012, 02:26 AM
Vesnina:tape::help:
Please win in Doubles

homogenius
Feb 14th, 2012, 02:33 AM
I watched it and Niculescu really deserves more credit than what she get on this board.She was in control for the whole match and the only time Vesnina looked like she was able to do something was in the first game of the 2nd but Niculescu saved a load of BP and killed Vesnina's hopes.
Vesnina was BAD but it had a lot to do with Niculescu mixing up things perfectly.
As for her attitude, it's true she's very vocal and her over the top reactions make her look weird and insecure at times but I find it a lot less annoying when it comes from a player like her (who is relying on point construction and battling for every point)than when I see someone like Ana who actually has a huge weapon allowing her to win easy points in each match but who keeps ajdeing like crazy after opponent's ues.

Shivank17
Feb 14th, 2012, 02:38 AM
Elena V. :help: :o

graffite
Feb 14th, 2012, 04:14 AM
I don't get it. She seems to be having a fairly decent (definitely better) run in doubles. She cannot be winning matches without hitting well there, no matter how good her teammate is.
I don't know about her but personally I'd feel more pressure mentally in a doubles game, since you also feel like you let another person down if you hit UEs.

I've never understood why people can't translate doubles success to singles. Like Stosur - she is really good at the net in doubles but rarely does that in singles.