Re: Alexandra Dulgheru!!!
Tennis being an individual sport still gives you the chance to make it big through personal investments, alone. However, then you really have to come from a sports fascinated family and of course a family that possesses the financial resources and time to spend for the development of their kids.
The Romanian tennis federation is a joke, but we still have a lot of very talented coaches which helps a lot. Both, coaches and players are of course interested in a successful career as both would benefit, that's why you see a lot of long-time coach-player bonds in Romania. Another possibility like in Cirstea's case is the sponsorship of a (sports) company from outside, in her case Adidas. Her looks helped her and I'm pretty sure she wouldn't be ranked Romanian #1, if she wouldn't possess training possibilities that other girls from her country can only dream about.
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