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Today 02:45 PM
ioana_sk8r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Agreed with all of the above. It was very clear she made a concentrated effort to keep her cool during this match -and it really worked. Of course she's going to have the occasional outburst, but this was much more contained than what I've seen in the past. Definitely a very good sign. I think one of the reasons why Strycova was cramping so badly at the end was all the energy she wasted in the early stages of the match, being frustrated and jumping around after every slice that forced her to miss a shot into the net.
Today 01:54 PM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

That headbang was kinda bad indeed but in general she was very positive in this match compared to others. I had started to deeply dislike those theatrical dives she does sometimes after an error...

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Originally Posted by Nightcrawl3r View Post
But after one of those she tried to calm herself.
This!
I also saw that and took it right away as a great sign for this match
Today 01:32 PM
Nightcrawl3r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Very very good match . kind of unexpected tbh . .


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Originally Posted by Not A Fan View Post
, she seemed very "professional"... her attitude was great, pretty calm


Also [stating the obvious here] Ana is clearly much better than she was last year. Monica has to be favorite but Ana has as good of chance as ever here.
https://twitter.com/Renestance/statu...18770577874949

Today 08:25 AM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Arguably the best match Monica played this year in WTA Idk there was just something about her demeanor, she seemed very "professional"... her attitude was great, pretty calm and focused, almost no problem on serve expect that one game, backhand was on fire, great length, every shot seemed to got in for her... and most importantly no sign of her injury

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Originally Posted by ioana_sk8r View Post
They actually played a pretty long 3-setter in Bucharest last year, so this isn't a foregone conclusion.
Also [stating the obvious here] Ana is clearly much better than she was last year. Monica has to be favorite but Ana has as good of chance as ever here.
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
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