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Curcubeu
Mar 31st, 2012, 10:12 AM
Alexandra was operated on both knees in Spain :sad:

You can find more information here (for Romanian speakers)
http://doartenis.ro/2012/03/exclusiv-alexandra-dulgheru-s-a-operat-la-genunchi-in-spania/#inscore_ifheight_xdc_1688

or here (google translation for the above article)

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fdoartenis.ro%2F2012%2F03%2Fexclusiv-alexandra-dulgheru-s-a-operat-la-genunchi-in-spania%2F%23inscore_ifheight_xdc_1688

This year is finished for her but I hope that she will fully recover herself and come back stronger.

Although I'm very sad, this was the right thing to do after struggeling for half a year now with the same problem! Keep fighting and things will get better soon - she is still young! :)

FORZA SARITA
Mar 31st, 2012, 10:14 AM
OMG seems serious :sad: get well soon Alex.

JustPetko
Mar 31st, 2012, 10:40 AM
All year? :hug: I heard she had to comeback before USO.

nevetssllim
Mar 31st, 2012, 10:43 AM
Alex. :hug:

All year? :hug: I heard she had to comeback before USO.

I'm not sure if she would be eligible for a SR if she came back for the USO.

Curcubeu
Mar 31st, 2012, 10:45 AM
I'm not sure if she would be eligible for a SR if she came back for the USO.

This.
And she wouldn't stand a chance either after such a severe surgery, so better take off the whole year.

Miracle Worker
Mar 31st, 2012, 10:54 AM
Alex :hug: One of my favorite clay players :sobbing:

The Kaz
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:07 AM
Oh no! :sobbing:

Get well soon Alex, and be ready for 2013 :sad:

Juju Nostalgique
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:16 AM
WTF... Why oh why? :sobbing: :tears:

Sash :hug: :hug: :hug:

Come back stronger babe! :smooch:

Gilas.
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:31 AM
Warsaw-GOAT. Knee injuries are a bitch, hopefully she'll recover from it like NaNa did.

chingching
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:34 AM
Alex. :hug:



I'm not sure if she would be eligible for a SR if she came back for the USO.

What is an SR??? I know SE is special exempt but was is SR???

madmax
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:37 AM
sad to hear...
She is an interesting player to watch on clay. Serious knee injuries could lead to a premature career ending for a counterpunchers like her

ElusiveChanteuse
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:38 AM
:eek: Recover well soon!!!

killerqueen
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:55 AM
What is an SR??? I know SE is special exempt but was is SR???

I'm assuming the other poster meant PR. Basically, if a player is out for six months or more, she can apply for a PR (protected ranking) which on her return, will allow her to use her pre-injury ranking to gain entry to her first few events. So if Victoria Azarenka was to suffer a bad injury tomorrow, and returned in a year, she'd have a PR of #1, and would gain entry into every tournament she wants instead of having to play lower level events.

Adrian.
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:59 AM
Poor Alex :awww::hug:

Fantasy Hero
Mar 31st, 2012, 12:14 PM
that's such a horrible news :hug: a single knee surgery needs about 6 monthes to be back full forces, as it's a bilateral thing it might need much more...i'm so sad for her

Misty
Mar 31st, 2012, 12:27 PM
Alex :sad:
Get well soon!

NeKo
Mar 31st, 2012, 12:43 PM
Too bad. Exactly before the clay season.

StephenUK
Mar 31st, 2012, 12:53 PM
Awful news but wise in the circumstances - if she can't be ready for clay this year, best to take the whole year off and use a protected ranking to relaunch herself in time for clay 2013....

perseus2006
Mar 31st, 2012, 01:47 PM
Hoping for a smooth and complete recovery.

Shvedbarilescu
Mar 31st, 2012, 02:17 PM
It's been very clear for the last 9+ months that something has been very wrong with Alex. She has been very stubborn during this time continually trying to grit it out through the pain match after match. The results of that stoicism speak for themselves. Alex has had a lot of very bad losses over that time but it is pretty obvious she has not been playing with a full deck of cards and this is a very tough sport to play even when you are fully healthy.

Cronic bad knees are not something that heal easily. Right now one can only hope for the best. Alex might come back from this as good as she has ever been or she might not. It is possible it could be several years before she is back to playing her best tennis and indeed she might never be able to come back successfully at all.

As a fan I can only wish her the best and hope to see a new reinvigourated Alex Dulgheru at the start of 2013. The decision to have these operations must have been very hard but they are also considerably overdue.

spiceboy
Mar 31st, 2012, 02:24 PM
Alex :sobbing: :hug:

Too much moonwalking, I guess...

Shivank17
Mar 31st, 2012, 02:25 PM
Alex :sad: :hug:

Tennis Observer
Mar 31st, 2012, 02:28 PM
All year? :hug: I heard she had to comeback before USO.
[...] I'm not sure if she would be eligible for a SR if she came back for the USO.
As the six-month mandatory out-of-competition period for Alexandra Dulgheru started on March 12th 2012 (= Monday following her last match she played on March 8th at IW) and will end on September 10th 2012, the first tournament she could use SR is 220K Tashkent or Quebec City (same calendar week in which the sixmonth period will end) immediately after US Open 2012.

If Alexandra will enter US Open’s Qualifying tournament she would surrender her eligibility to use a SR later. Please note that a player may enter a maximum of one Grand Slam using her SR as part of her eight SR Tournaments.

Alexandra Dulgheru’s SR will be # 58.

Blu€
Mar 31st, 2012, 03:12 PM
Tough luck :( hope she can come back next year fully recovered. Get well! :hug:

Corswandt
Mar 31st, 2012, 03:14 PM
A consequence of her playing style.

Singleniacki
Mar 31st, 2012, 03:26 PM
fuck this :sad:

Curcubeu
Mar 31st, 2012, 04:13 PM
A consequence of her playing style.

I have to agree with Corswandt here and from the first times I've seen her I've always prayed that she or better said her body can keep this up. Playing 2 hour+ matches mostly relying on your footwork is a cruel job for your knees. And sooner or later it had to happen, now we can only hope for the best, but it will be hard because as I said, the legs have been her biggest 'weapon'.

Sombrerero loco
Mar 31st, 2012, 05:09 PM
alex :hug:

dos Santos
Mar 31st, 2012, 06:56 PM
:sad:

Lulu.
Mar 31st, 2012, 07:10 PM
That's terrible. Get well. :hug:

Emina.
Apr 3rd, 2012, 02:39 PM
Poor thing.....I wish her all the best, a smooth and speedy recovery

flareon
Apr 3rd, 2012, 02:49 PM
Alex :hug: get well soon.

Melange
Apr 3rd, 2012, 03:13 PM
Get well Alex

nevetssllim
Apr 3rd, 2012, 03:15 PM
As the six-month mandatory out-of-competition period for Alexandra Dulgheru started on March 12th 2012 (= Monday following her last match she played on March 8th at IW) and will end on September 10th 2012, the first tournament she could use SR is 220K Tashkent or Quebec City (same calendar week in which the sixmonth period will end) immediately after US Open 2012.


If she was to come back immediately, I think she'd opt for some of the 100k ITF clay-court events in Europe.

pedropt
Apr 3rd, 2012, 03:17 PM
:speakles:

Sasja
Apr 3rd, 2012, 03:22 PM
That's really sad :sad:

Get well Alex :hug:

Curcubeu
Apr 29th, 2012, 09:38 PM
Alexandra, are the worst times over now?

Indeed, I hope I've passed the difficult times. The knee injury I had got worse - not something recent, it has already been three-four years that I felt bothered. I do not know if you noticed, but I always play with taped knees, in different forms. And 2011 was the critical year.

was there no sudden deterioration last year caused by a wrong move or got it simply worse from time to time?

When I started playing more and particularly on hard court, the problems got worse. I could play a little bit every year until last year. After the tournament in Miami, it bothered me that much that I almost felt like having an old man's knees. There was no time to rest that time and I struggled a bit because I knew how serious it is and I was wondering if I can continue playing or not. I went on, despite the fact that I lost my fitness. However, I couldn't play more than one or two matches. I had some interventions that helped a little, but were not sufficient. I had to insist. And this year I started more or less OK in Australia, I felt a little better, but then, in South America, it began. After the tournament in Cali, the same pain. I couldn't play any longer.

Why didn't any doctor recommend you to stop, to stop and take a break?

My doctor said I could continue unimpeded. In the end, it was broken. I asked how did this happen and he said that was probably because of the weakness of my patellar tendon. Eventually I had a surgery in March, in Spain, by a very good doctor. Now I'm recovering. I do not know how long it will take. It depends on what they tell me. These days I will go back to Spain to see him and tell me what to do next.

Can you estimate, however, and with reference to similar cases when we will see you back on court gain?

A few months ... I would say ... two months to three. That would be realistic. Then, I will resume training and return to the circuit. But it all depends on what will be talked about in the next appointment.



How hard is it to see the rest of the girls playing and you cannot be there?

Not a pleasant feeling. There was however a good thing to this injury, that I rested. You know it's not easy! Outside the tennis world it seems to be something easy. But you will eventually feel all the trips, all the routes to move from one continent to another, from one country to another, every week. I slept almost continuously for a month. I could sleep from 9-10 pm and I woke up next day after lunch. Well, I didn't really enjoy the luxury this morning because I had to go to recovery. But I realized how tired I got, especially during that last year I had these big problems. I resisted pain. I tried to get over it. But my body gave me too many signals and I haven't listened.

In how far does this break influence your ranking in the WTA circuit?

I have "frozen" it preventive. Because I wouldn't have known what may happen to me. For now, this is not important. I realized that when your health is shaky, everything is affected. it's OK when I spent much time on court, but when I started to have problems, I started struggling, I realized the limitations and the fact that if you can't move enough on the tennis court, you can not perform. It is vital! And I do not want to torment me! That's why I agreed to get a surgery.

What brought you here at BRD Tiriac Nastase Trophy?

It's my first contact with tennis after a long time. For one month I only recovered and stayed at home. Well, I do not live in Bucharest. I moved to Baloteşti and therefore not really close to town. Apart from going to club Dinu Pescariu and sometimes to the mall, the Baneasa Shopping City, I did absolutely nothing. It's my first "official" shwoing. And I agreed to meet with some friends who go to college now. I just hope it doesn't rain.

Who do you prefer, who do you want to become champion?

I hope to a Romanian is going to win, and the only one remaining in the draw is Horia Tecău ... Other than that I don't have a clear favorite. But, for example, I like Gilles Simon's game. I admire him very much because he seems to be a player without much special power and who appears physically weak and unable, but he can through intelligence, through a good sense of the court, confuse a lot of top players. He is a pleasure to follow

Makes all more sense now and that she was hindered in her movement and couldn't play more than 2 matches in a row was pretty much obvious for the ones watching her matches and following her scorelines.

Also, that Hardcourt phobia was probably more of a reaction to her knee problems than it was due to her lack of game.

Get well soon!

Patrick345
Apr 29th, 2012, 09:47 PM
Hopefully she can make a full recovery. She got this reputation as a pure clay-court specialist, but it was obvious that she has/had the talent to expand to other surfaces, when she pushed Zvonareva in the 3rd round of the USO 2010 (the year Zvonareva reached the final). Then in 2011 she suddenly didn´t have a single good tournament all year, with the exception being Miami and that epic 4th round match against Sharapova.

fede33
Apr 29th, 2012, 09:50 PM
:hug::hug:

Tennis Observer
May 1st, 2012, 08:08 AM
From this interview ( http://treizecizero.ro/interviu-exclusiv-alexandra-dulgheru-corpul-mi-a-dat-semnale-si-nu-le-am-ascultat/), translated by Curcubeau in post # 38, it looks like that Alexandra will be back earlier as we expect after reading the thread title:

Can you estimate, however, and with reference to similar cases when we will see you back on court gain?

A few months ... I would say ... two months to three. That would be realistic. Then, I will resume training and return to the circuit. But it all depends on what will be talked about in the next appointment.

Juju Nostalgique
May 1st, 2012, 10:00 AM
:hug:

Curcubeu
May 1st, 2012, 10:15 AM
From this interview ( http://treizecizero.ro/interviu-exclusiv-alexandra-dulgheru-corpul-mi-a-dat-semnale-si-nu-le-am-ascultat/), translated by Curcubeau in post # 38, it looks like that Alexandra will be back earlier as we expect after reading the thread title:

Yeah, she will get back to practice, but I don't know whens he will return.

She says it depends on her doctor's advices. Stay tuned for more news.

Steven.
May 1st, 2012, 10:26 AM
aww alex! Silly girl. Hope she has a speedy recovery. She's a nice girl...

people saying it's a consequence of her playing style: It's not like she chooses to be a defender, she does go for her shots. She's just not naturally powerful like majority of the girls on the tour are. :hug:

Curcubeu
Jun 16th, 2012, 10:14 AM
http://www.ziaruldesport.ro/articol_1511_zds_pg_0.htm

Alexandra Dulgheru și-a reluat antrenamentele după operația la genunchi

ziaruldesport.ro - Tenis / Autor: Maria Sorescu / Data: 15 Iun. 2012

Jucătoarea a trecut cu bine peste recuperare, iar de joi se află în România, unde va relua antrenamentele. Alexandra Dulgheru merge în mod constant în Spania, acolo unde s-a operat la genunchi.

Sportiva poate să avanseze în ceea ce privește activitățile de alergare sau munca la sala de forță. Cât privește jocul de tenis, aceasta își va începe exercițiile pe teren săptămâna viitoare, dar evoluția trebuie să fie lentă, pentru a nu forța.

Alexandra Dulgheru efectuează zilnic în medie de 5 ore de exerciții de recuperare, iar acest lucru a ajutat-o să nu mai aibă dureri. Dacă toate lucrurile vor decurge norma, Alexandra Dulgheru poate reveni în competițiile WTA din luna august

Alexandra Dulgheru has resumed training after knee surgery

ziaruldesport.ro - Tennis / Author: Maria Sorescu / Date: June 15. 2012

The player had a good recovery and will be back to Romania on Thursday, where she will resume training. Alexandra Dulgheru constantly goes to Spain, where her knee was opearated. The athlet can advance in conditional activities like running or working in the gym. As for the game of tennis, she will begin court exercises next week, but in slow, not forced steps. Alexandra Dulgheru made ​​daily on average 5 hours of exercise recovery and this helped her not having any pain. If everything will go well, Alexandra Dulgheru can return to the WTA tour in August.

Shvedbarilescu
Jun 16th, 2012, 10:31 AM
Personally I hope Alex takes at least a little longer than that. It would be a big mistake to try to play the US Open without decent preparation. Additionally, and most importantly, playing the US Open would mean she would lose her right to a protected ranking. If Alex begins playing in September, after the US Open she does get her protected ranking. This would make coming back into the game a lot less pressurised.

Infact, I would rather Alex came back later rather than sooner anyway. Much better for her to take her time and come back when she is absolutely fit and strong. Probably the ideal approach would be to play a few small ITFs late October/November/early December and then be ready for the start of 2013.

Fantasy Hero
Jun 16th, 2012, 05:21 PM
hopefully she's not rushing for that...i know how bad it can get :sobbing: