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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 11:16 PM   #3077
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Re: Romania's Finest, Raluca Olaru!

^Seeing this post just reminded me of how much we choke in every single damn sport . Athens 2004 was so bad. Greece vs. USA men's volleyball QF was probably the biggest choke of all-time in the Olympics for any country in any sport

Anyways, Ralu was featured on the WTA's new (and shitty) website


http://www.wtatennis.com/news/articl...lip-the-script

OLARU HOPING TO FLIP THE SCRIPT

She was one of the brightest young stars on the WTA, but after a few tough seasons she finds herself fighting her way back up the rankings - it has been a long road for Raluca Olaru.
Published December 29, 2012 12:00




BUCHAREST, Romania - A few years ago she was one of the brightest young stars on the WTA, but after a few tough seasons she finds herself fighting her way back up the rankings - it has been a long road for Raluca Olaru, but the Romanian, still just 23, is looking up. Here she is...

On her best years from 2007 to 2009, where she reached*her first WTA final at Bad Gastein, two more semifinals and another six quarterfinals, and was a Top 100 fixture...
"2007 was an amazing year for me! I was really young, only 18, and I started the year ranked around No.300. I got to my first WTA semifinal in Memphis in February then another one in Fès in April; and then, in May, I passed three rounds of qualies and got to the third round of the French Open, my dream tournament growing up as a child! I was the first female Romanian player to get to the Top 100 since Ruxandra Dragomir and Irina Spirlea back in 1997, and I think that was the opener for many other Romanian tennis players, as you can see from the years since then. I finished 2007 ranked around No.65. In January 2008 I got seriously injured in my left wrist, which gave me trouble the whole year - but 2009 was another good year, starting around No.125 and reaching quarterfinals in Bogotá and Warsaw before winning a $100,000 ITF title in Marseille and reeaching my first WTA final in Bad Gastein. That got me to my personal best ranking so far - No.53 in the world."

On the last few years, which have seen her fall to her current ranking, No.216...
"Indeed, the last few years were not that great for me, but I have to say I've learned and improved a lot during this time! I've had some difficult periods, whether it's being without a coach or getting injured once every few months, and obviously there were some times when I lost my confidence. But I kept going, kept looking for solutions and worked hard to get better again. And right now I have to say I feel good about where I'm at. I've improved a lot, especially over the last six months, and I am excited to keep getting better. You know what they say: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

On her off-season preparation for 2013...
"I was in Romania at home, having a five week off-season preparation. I am happy with the team I have around me now and as I said, excited to work on my game!*My main goal for 2013 is to develop my game. I know I can play Top 100 level again, and I know that if I have the right attitude and work on the right things, there are many chances that I will achieve that. The other goals - playing more WTA tournaments, getting in the main draw of Grand Slams and going up in the rankings - are secondary."

On her overall career goals, given she's still so young...
"It's a good question! Indeed, I have enough years in front of me and right now I feel that I have the abilities to achieve even more than I have so far in my tennis career. And I'm not just talking about the numbers here, but also about enjoying the process!"
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