I like Andreea too. I like her game at the net. And she makes a good double team with Jaqueline Cristian (she plays a lot with Guna too), they play off each other pretty well. I think it's important that she keeps her head straight as she goes through her teen years. She seem very ambitious on the court and doesn't take losing lightly.
I'm not really surprised. After all you already hear the wildest stories about players on the ITF circuit. Being a junior player means be willing to sacrifice yourself and a lot of time for your job and dream of making it on the Tour. I wish them well and the nerves to pull through, some financial help wouldn't be bad either.
“Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
Great article. It's nice that our crappy sport press can deliver this kind of articles sometimes. I mean, once in a blue moon is better than never.
I'm impressed about them travelling and even sleeping most of the times in their car, but not very surprised, as Curcubeu said. Tennis is expensive and you have to be able to sacrifice many things to eventually fulfill your dream here. Also, it's good to know that Ioana is so much into school - long nights of learning and 'catching' only 9s and 10s is impressive, and if she is able to work that hard for school , she definitely is working hard for tennis as well.
Andreea lost in the Masters to the second seed in a close match
(2) Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) d. Andreea Amalia Rosca (ROU) 4-6 6-3 7-5
Kalinskaya, the one who barely defeated Andreea, eventually qualified in the final and lost there in a very close 3 sets match to Galfi, who's miles above the other competitors in this age group apparently. So there's good signs for Andreea. And obviously she was tired in those last tournaments where she lost in the semis and quarters despite being first seed, so it's not so worrying.
I am very excited to have won my first ITF Junior Tennis title here in Cairo, Egypt today! Won the singles final 6-2 2-6 6-1 and then also won the doubles final with my partner here. Really happy with the way I played this week and winning my first ITF title!
So Jackie won a G5 here, good result but still not impressive. I'm waiting for a real breakthrough in juniors.
It was about time. Good job Ilka. I am wondering how many games she needs to win to show up in the ranking.
Well, for the moment she either needs to make 10 ranking points or to win MD matches in three different tournaments to get a ranking.
Good win and next round she's facing a beatable opponent, a Swiss junior with SE.
Also, Ioana Rosca made it to the QF as a qualifier as well, by beating Silvia Njiric (LL) 61 60, same girl whom Ilka defeated in the qualifying.