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Today 08:31 AM
0Emmanuel
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Woah, what happened in the final? Crazy scoreline. Now I'm kinda glad I didn't manage to drag myself out of bed in time.
Hope it was just tired legs. Congrats on bagging the little trophy at least!
And here's to a good draw in Beijing!
Yesterday 04:20 PM
soimu
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Nice and smooth from Monica.
Yesterday 08:35 AM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Another final
It was a typical kind of match where her opponent just didn't understand anything that was going on Should have been 60 62 or something if not for those loose service games. Good job tho to settle down at the end and win the last three games from *34 to seal the deal

Lara Arrua should normally be an opponent you'd like to play in a final but seems it's going to be a really hard match, she's playing great this week, all but one match were very easy wins.

Also, Monica is not going to Wuhan for dubs with Halep after all. Good decision no point in potentially missing singles qualies in Beijing as well. Better rest after this tournament and try to make another good run in Beijing. But first things first, good luck in the final tomorrow
Yesterday 08:18 AM
0Emmanuel
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Finally got to watch a match of hers this week. Second set got a bit wobbly, but overall it was pretty delish.
I especially liked all those short FH slices that died before Zhang could even get to them.
Let's get the title!
Sep 23rd, 2016 12:35 PM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Very good match from Monica today Actually I think both played very good, there where lots of quality points in this match. First set could have gone either way but in the second Monica just was relentless. Her backhand was on fire

Hard match tomorrow tho, against the highest seed remaining (3)Shuai Zhang. I'm surprised they never meet before, but they did play dubs together once in 2014.
Sep 23rd, 2016 11:55 AM
Nightcrawl3r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Yes, that's the explanation. Being about 22 hours since that withdrawal and the official announcement (about 18-19 when I posted what I posted), I didn't assume that Serena was the one who withdrew and only the knew that. Monica was right after Lucic-Baroni . Damn any player that would withdraw from now till she's scheduled to play her first match (if there will be any) .
Sep 23rd, 2016 11:38 AM
Rads101
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

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Originally Posted by Nightcrawl3r View Post
Unfortunately Serena withdrew yesterday, after the QD was out and only they knew. Lucic-Baroni replaced Serena and Monica needed another withdrawal . Bye bye Wuhan singles.

@Rads101 : I think you saw plenty of info from me know to not put such a question.
^ Well, I would be baffled if you didn't know the order of the ALTs. But when you mentioned you will be p***ed if Serena withdraws after that, I assumed you knew Moni was the top ALT ATM. But maybe what I'm missing here is what you meant now by "only they knew...". I'm guessing what you mean is that you saw MLB moving to MD without Serena's withdrawal, which lead to the misleading conclusion that the "new top ALT" Moni could actually benefit from Serena pulling out... If it's not that, feel free to enlighten me if it's worth your time.

Anyway, good win today. A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush. Maybe she can do even better here. Wuhan had a pretty tough field anyway which might have tired her a lot without going deep. Let's hope she does great in doubles there and comes well prepared for Beijing.
Sep 23rd, 2016 11:28 AM
Nightcrawl3r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

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If there is no LL spot, then Serena withdrew in time and was replaced by someone else, probably Lucic-Baroni. Anyway when it comes to like Serena, even when they know she won't play, they still keep her withdrawal until the last minute to use her name for tournament publicity, ticket sales and all that...

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Originally Posted by Rads101 View Post
Darn... She will probably play with mixed feelings now against Cepelova.

@Nightcrawl3r : where you a bit mislead there thinking Moni was top ALT? It does look like MLB took Serena's spot, so she must have been above Moni in the list.
Unfortunately Serena withdrew yesterday, after the QD was out and only they knew. Lucic-Baroni replaced Serena and Monica needed another withdrawal . Bye bye Wuhan singles.

@Rads101 : I think you saw plenty of info from me know to not put such a question.
Sep 23rd, 2016 09:07 AM
Rads101
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Darn... She will probably play with mixed feelings now against Cepelova.

@Nightcrawl3r : where you a bit mislead there thinking Moni was top ALT? It does look like MLB took Serena's spot, so she must have been above Moni in the list.
Sep 23rd, 2016 08:42 AM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

If there is no LL spot, then Serena withdrew in time and was replaced by someone else, probably Lucic-Baroni. Anyway when it comes to like Serena, even when they know she won't play, they still keep her withdrawal until the last minute to use her name for tournament publicity, ticket sales and all that...
Sep 23rd, 2016 06:39 AM
Rads101
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Oh man, this is tight.

According to your post, the cut-off was at 5 CET. The (expected) withdrawal announcement of Serena was published on the WTA website at 6 CET (assuming the site shows the East Coast time). That's close enough to keep me under stress for a few more hours until the draw is out.

EDIT: @Nightcrawl3r , are you sure it's not MLB already replacing Serena?

Also, I don't know what happens with the WC spots not distributed. I believe Woz & Zhang initially had a MD, but through withdrawals they got direct acceptances... don't those slots also go to ALTs? Anyway, with the Q-Draw out, is there any chance still that Moni can still move to MD?
Sep 22nd, 2016 11:56 PM
Nightcrawl3r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Please one more MD withdrawal from Wuhan in the next 3 hours for Monica to make it directly . If she beats Cepelova in Seoul QF, she'll be out of Wuhan Q. If she loses, she'll have to play 2 Q matches on Saturday. I'll be very pissed if Serena or someone else withdraws after that .


Details in Romanian:https://twitter.com/danielradutenis/...05206432825344
Sep 22nd, 2016 04:19 PM
Nightcrawl3r
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

Great, though I don't like what I see in the posts . The score would get one fooled. Asian swing is the worst for me, in terms of watching tennis .


And as Not A Fan mentioned only in the Halep thread, some interesting news :

https://twitter.com/danielradutenis/...56171927515136

Sep 22nd, 2016 09:06 AM
Not A Fan
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

I didn't believe she'll lose tho , not because she was a break up, but she was playing really very good. It's too bad anyway, there would have been for sure a romanian in the SF... now the chances don't look very good.
Sep 22nd, 2016 08:53 AM
Rads101
Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu (Cheering Thread)

^ For Irina's fans it mattered... And she really lost the plot after those DF's.

I know that's not what you meant, but still... the jinx came at a pretty bad time.
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