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Yesterday 09:47 PM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

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Originally Posted by ioana_sk8r View Post
Am getting a little worried by the lack of news, but hopefully it's not anything major.
I wouldn't be worried as long as it's just a abdominal thing. I mean, even if it takes some time to heal (causing Monica to miss some tournaments) and it seems to be coming back from time to time... still so much better than having knee or shoulder problems
Yesterday 08:45 PM
Nightcrawl3r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

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Originally Posted by ioana_sk8r View Post
Are there any unofficial updates on Monica's injury? Am getting a little worried by the lack of news, but hopefully it's not anything major.
Well, she's still on the St. Petersburg list as of now, so maybe that's a good sign.
Yesterday 06:22 PM
ioana_sk8r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Are there any unofficial updates on Monica's injury? Am getting a little worried by the lack of news, but hopefully it's not anything major.
Jan 18th, 2017 06:55 PM
0Emmanuel
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

I hope she gets that injury looked at, and doesn't play again until she's actually fit to.
Jan 18th, 2017 08:49 AM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

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Originally Posted by ioana_sk8r View Post
There will be other Slams for doubles, so might as well withdraw, but that's not really her MO.
C'mon... that was never going to happen

Unsurprisingly they lost easily 16 46 A shame really... this partnerships looked so promising but it was plagued from the start with injuries to both Monica and AbiGirl

St. Pete and then Fed Cup should be next, but let's see if she can play or not.
Jan 17th, 2017 01:11 PM
ioana_sk8r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Hope she rests and gets better . There will be other Slams for doubles, so might as well withdraw, but that's not really her MO.
Jan 17th, 2017 06:15 AM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

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Originally Posted by Nightcrawl3r View Post
Lost as I feared. 3 sets. Looked worse than in the Shenzhen final .
Yeah, Monica was like a ghost on court... had like no reactions, even when she won the second set, she looked almost upset. She didn't even try dropshots... I think I never saw that from her . She got her wish -to play on Tuesday- but still wasn't in good shape. Still, even so as a walking bye she won a set and was close from winning the match, just from her sheer combativeness, so I'm proud of her


Dubs R1 tomorrow. I'm hoping AbiGirl can step up here and they somehow manage a win.


Some quotes after the match... she says she's really worried, thinks she has some big problems at the abdomen and admits she shouldn't have played (even if she won she wouldn't have played R2):

http://adevarul.ro/news/sport/coresp...db7/index.html
Jan 17th, 2017 04:12 AM
Tennis Fool
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Final score: 26 64 46.

Not able to defend her second round points.
Jan 17th, 2017 03:04 AM
Nightcrawl3r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Lost as I feared. 3 sets. Looked worse than in the Shenzhen final . Just withdraw from dubs and take a break ...


But Jesus Christ . I've never seen anything like that !

That Blinkova girl is more than Putintseva, Rodionova, Ostapenko and Cornet combined ! Kill it with fire .


Oh my God ! I would have said the same no matter her opponent.

Enough tennis for today . That was too much .
Jan 15th, 2017 09:37 AM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

The full draws for singles and dubs are out. She got arguably the best matchup from the qualifiers in young Blinkova and a fairy decent draw in dubs as well. Still the most important thing is to sort out all these medical issues, not much time till Tuesday tho Good luck to Monica


Australian Open

(5)Karolina Pliskova v Sara Sorribes Tormo
(Q)Anna Blinkova v Monica Niculescu
(Q)Lin Zhu v Jelena Ostapenko
Lara Arruabarrena v (31)Yulia Putintseva

(8)King/Shvedova v Wang/Wongteanchai
Kovinic/Siegemung v Schuurs/Voracova
Arruabarrena/Begu v Chirico/Mertens
Lucic-Baroni/Petkovic v (9)Niculescu/Spears
Jan 14th, 2017 09:22 PM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

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Originally Posted by Rads101 View Post
Though you say she took risks, which can very well be.
I meant that basically in the same way Monica later told the tournament website:
I tried everything. I tried to come to the net, put drop shots, stay with her, but she was not missing. I tried maybe too much and I was missing. Today I felt slow on the court, not so much energy, and that counted.

Yeah she tried to do something to end the points because Mertens was a wall, hitting every ball back. This lead to a lot of bad dropshots, unprepared rushes to the net, backhand UE's.... and only rarely to some good points that she won, like this one where Monica tries to be aggressive, comes forward but still has to win it with a winner after a 20+ shots rally:

Jan 14th, 2017 08:16 PM
Rads101
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

^ Definitely a good week. And to some extent good that she didn't push herself too much before AO, even if this was a final.

I haven't seen the match, just small extracts at the Belgian television: usually points where she made some bad decisions, like missing the chance to send a smash on an almost open court, going for a soft ball still, which gave Mertens the chance to run back and catch it... overall it really looked like she was playing safe. Though you say she took risks, which can very well be. Most likely the Belgian TV only went for a selection of shots that made Elise look good.

"I had a game plan and I'm happy it worked out" it was one of the post-match statements of Mertens. I'm not sure if there's a lot to read into that. Given Monica's particular brand of tennis, I guess a smart coach or player can come up with a strategy to defeat her. Or looking at it the other way around (to make a statement Nighty will say it was predictable ), a "good game plan" is not something that comes across as one of the strong points of the Romanians in general, and I guess Moni is no exception... so something she/they could work on for better results in the future.

Anyway, coming from the qualies, Elise really had an impressive run, taking out equally impressive names on the way, so kudos to her.

Moni --- GL in Melbourne.
Jan 14th, 2017 06:26 AM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Definitely proud of Monica this week, reaching the final amid all these different injuries is sort of amazing (ok, with the luck of a walkover but still)
Couldn't do much in the final against such a good defensive player like Mertens. Had to take risks and lots of bad decisions since she's in no shape to rally endlessly and at the end payed the price, losing 46 16

Hope she sorts out the abdominal injury asap. Just throwing in soft serves like that will make her a walking bye even for a qualifier and there are some good names there. At least for dubs I'm hoping the serve will be better, as the 9th seeds they have a good chance at a run
Jan 13th, 2017 03:53 PM
Nightcrawl3r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

. Had Tsurenko waited a little bit longer, the withdrawal might have been the other way around [emoji38] also given the heavier wind after the rain that was blowing like the was no tomorrow .

Final vs. Mertens in a little over hours from now on .


Good R1 in Melbourne (just don't draw Ana Bogdan ...) . Not so much for R2 ...
Jan 13th, 2017 05:01 AM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Could be a good draw depending on who the qualifier will be. Would love a revenge for the Fed Cup loss but Pliskova is a legit top player now

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Originally Posted by Not A Fan View Post
Not sure how she can play tomorrow but let's hope for the best
Well she couldn't play the SF... but because Tsurenko withdrew

So Monica will play the final in Hobart. Says she'll give her best. Let's do this

Niculescu was hampered by an abdominal injury in her quarterfinal win on Thursday night, but reassured fans she would be ready for tomorrow’s final. “Definitely. I’m going to be alright,” she said. “Tomorrow I’m going to give it my best.”
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