As Jason said, Kovinic did better though than expected. She just couldn't string together two good points in a row to save her life and in the last couple of games became victim of Monica's brick wall defense.
<Niculescu reached her third WTA quarterfinal of the year at the tournament where she captured her lone WTA title a year ago with a 63 61 defeat of qualifier Danka Kovinic.
"Even though the score was 63 61, I had to fight like crazy for every point," Niculescu said. "She was hitting very hard. I had to be on my feet and always be ready because she was hitting big winners. She's such a short player but can produce so much power with her serve. One time she hit an ace that was 190 kilometers per hour. I knew I had to give her deep balls and high balls because she likes the balls low. So, it was not an easy match today.">