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Today 02:09 AM
ioana_sk8r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

They actually played a pretty long 3-setter in Bucharest last year, so this isn't a foregone conclusion. It's just nice to have Moni back and doing well in singles . Had to leave midway through the second set, so I need to catch up on the rest of the match now. Strycova was obviously frustrated by Monica's slice -and losing her mind (more than usual) as a result

eta: https://youtu.be/O-XIruvdNeo
Today 01:10 AM
Rads101
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Great win today against (18)Strycova : 6-3 6-7 6-1

Almost won in straights, but got broken serving for the match at 5-4 in the 2nd. But nevermind now. All good when ends good.

Given my mini-crush on Ana, I'm not gonna wish Moni good luck in the next round... but she prolly won't need it anyway. There's still a notable difference between them... and if any of them is to have a shot at R4 (or more), Moni is anyway the better equipped to face Kuzzy IMO.
Aug 28th, 2016 08:18 PM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Really impressive imo that she made this ranking with all the different partners she had in the last year: Begu, Gasparyan, Halep, King, Mirza, Wickmayer (+Mitu). All the others in front of her in the top15 are established pairs

USO dubs draw is out. Nice bye in R1 but they got Makarova/Vesnina

US Open
Doubles Draw


(5)Makarova/Vesnina v Barthel/Siegemund
Stosur/Zhang v Jankovic/Knoll
Kichenok/Kichenok v (wc)Crawford/Pegula
(wc)Weinhold/Whoriskey v (10)King/Niculescu
Aug 28th, 2016 01:44 PM
Nightcrawl3r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Awesome performance for Monica !

https://twitter.com/danielradutenis/...88567443197952

Aug 27th, 2016 10:03 PM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Third title of the year for Monica, all with different partners... and although it looked NID from the start, this is in theory Monica's biggest title of her career so far Good luck in NYC now

https://twitter.com/lrileysports/sta...29329173217280
Aug 27th, 2016 07:53 PM
Saraya!
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Moni wins in doubles in NH [with a random player] !!!!! So happy!!!!
Aug 26th, 2016 11:06 PM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

They made the final in New Haven and will play against Bondarenko/Chuang for the title. Actually it's not the first time they play together, also played in 2010 and made the QF in Cincy

USO draw is also out... pretty bad one for Monica, she got that doper again

US Open
Main Draw


(18)Strycova v Niculescu
Cirstea v Bogdan
Townsend v Wozniacki
Schiavone v (9)Kuznetsova
Aug 20th, 2016 10:53 PM
Nightcrawl3r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

I don't like this gap either. I don't want her turned into a Doubles specialist (too soon).

Great partner, but IDK how much Mirza will care. She's currently in Cincy Final (to be played tomorrow) , battling with the recently "divorced" teammate Hingis for #1 .
Aug 20th, 2016 10:48 PM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Managed to beat Garcia/Mlad but lost the quarterfinal to Team Servebot - Goerges/Pliskova

There's a bit of a gap opening up now between Monica's singles and dubs ranking. As a result she didn't make the MD in singles and is only playing dubs in New Haven. Vania's not there but still, it's fair to say Monica got herself a pretty decent partner...

Connecticut Open
Doubles Draw


Dabrowski/Martinez Sanchez v Bertens/Larsson
Irigoyen/Kalashnikova v (3)Klepac/Srebotnik
Jurak/An.Rodionova v Arruabarrena/Knoll
(wc)Chirico/Riske v (2)Mirza/Niculescu
Aug 17th, 2016 12:45 AM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

But also struggled to hold serve, actually didn't hold serve at all in the second set. Not a great sign, even if the serve wasn't really Monica's strong point even without back probs... so might not mean anything after all.

Teamed up again with Queen Vania for Cincy and looks like for the whole US swing Good win 76 63 in R1 against Liang/Wang, R2 against 1st seeds Garcia/Mlad
Aug 14th, 2016 01:35 PM
ioana_sk8r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Lost to Nara in two close sets yesterday, but hopefully the fact she kept in close in the second is a good sign and means her back is starting to feel better
Aug 13th, 2016 05:17 PM
simostorm
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Not A Fan View Post
Western & Southern Open - Cincinnati
Qualifying Draw


(12)Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Kurumi Nara (JPN)
Karin Knapp (ITA) v (18)Camila Giorgi (ITA)
Tough draw vs 2 runners like Nara and Giorgi who will test her back. I hope she is careful and not go over the limits.
Aug 13th, 2016 04:43 PM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nightcrawl3r View Post
She barely trained after she played full force in women's doubles . IDK what to expect here.
I have no expectations for singles... maybe a few matches in dubs if she signs up. Just hopefully she can train well during this week and do her back exercises to be as fit as possible in NYC
Aug 13th, 2016 04:15 PM
Nightcrawl3r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

She barely trained after she played full force in women's doubles . IDK what to expect here.

And her coach Ciorbagiu is still in Romania ... (comenteaza Murray - Nishikori pe TVR HD)
Aug 13th, 2016 04:10 PM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Remained in Rio even with a day lost because of the rain but just before the mixt match she and Mergea decided to withdraw as he had also made the dubs final, to be played the following day

Anyway, even with the injury messing things up again, hope Monica enjoyed her experience at the Olympic Games Back to the tour now...

Western & Southern Open - Cincinnati
Qualifying Draw


(12)Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Kurumi Nara (JPN)
Karin Knapp (ITA) v (18)Camila Giorgi (ITA)
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