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Old Jan 4th, 2010, 08:20 AM   #676
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Tough match agaisnt Razzano. Hopefully her game will trouble Virgine, because when she plays well...she is extremely tough to beat!

Good job for qualifying though 3 wins will be a big confidence booster, look forward to a good 2010!
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Old Jan 5th, 2010, 01:18 AM   #677
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Monica lost 7-5 6-4. It was a match of a few important points.. they all seemed to go to the experienced French.

Wasted a 5-6 *40-0 lead for the TB in 1st and lost 3 games in a row from *4-3 in 2nd

But 3 wins at least.
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Hmmm sad she couldn't make the important point, but like you said. At least 3 wins to start the season
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Hobart QF

(4)Tatjana Malek v Zuzana Kucova
Sharon Fichman v Michaella Krajicek
Monica Niculescu v Darya Kustova
Ekaterina Ivanova v (8)Alla Kudryavtseva

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Not an easy draw at all
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Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu

What a quarter... really all of them are good players!

But Monica has an advantage.. she already knows how to qualify in 2010. All the best!
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She won first match 63 64 Now she has to play against Kudryavtseva, who also won her first match easily. Good luck!
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Yeah, Kudryavtseva won't be easy. Like Monica she is in good form and also qualified last week. I think Monica can do it but I fear this one could be an edge of the seat affair. But if Monica can get through this one I do quite fancy her to qualify again.

And whatever happens, these two weeks will have provided Monica good preparation for the Australian Open where it is really important Monica makes a good showing.
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Monica Niculescu v (8)Alla Kudryavtseva 3-6 4-6
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Monica Was hoping she could do a bit more...
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Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu

Oh well, as losses go this one wasn't really a big one at all. The points won for winning qualifying matches in small WTA events is minimal and Monica would have had to not only qualify but win at least one or two matches in the main draw to get a significant amount of points from this event. And had she done that it would have meant her going into the AO with at least 9 singles matches played plus several doubles matches. Probably too much and Monica may very well have ended up tired for the big one.

As it is, Monica got 6 got singles matches over the last two weeks to be ideally warmed up for next week. And her loss to Kudryavtseva this week wasn't a bad one when one considers that Alla then went on to beat Krajicek 60 62. Monica looks to be playing alright I'd say.

What it all comes down to is next week. Monica badly needs to get a W in the 1st round at the AO. That and that alone will determine whether this trip down under to start the year has been a success or not. But so far I'd say things are going pretty promisingly.
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Have to love Team Chan/Niculescu. Monica has always been so emotional on court everytime I get to see their match, but it sure is like part of her personality so that would affect her play. I mean she'd just sceam hysterically or tried to break her racquet into pieces when she missed a shot. It's funny though.

Wonder if that's the deal for AO.
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Have to love Team Chan/Niculescu. Monica has always been so emotional on court everytime I get to see their match, but it sure is like part of her personality so that would affect her play. I mean she'd just sceam hysterically or tried to break her racquet into pieces when she missed a shot. It's funny though.

Wonder if that's the deal for AO.
I hope so. Yung-Jan is easily one of the best players Monica has played doubles with, and there have been a lot.
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Oh I wanted to say "wouldn't" affect her game a typo there.

I've always thought Monica is good, and usually has not a bad run in a tournament, but never gets it going for one more step on later stage. Probably that's what has her hovering round #30s~40s. What's Monica's better doubles results in Grand Slams btw?
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Oh I wanted to say "wouldn't" affect her game a typo there.

I've always thought Monica is good, and usually has not a bad run in a tournament, but never gets it going for one more step on later stage. Probably that's what has her hovering round #30s~40s. What's Monica's better doubles results in Grand Slams btw?
Well Monica has been ranked around 30 for some time. I think the thing that has kept Monica from making a move into the top 20 thus far has been simply that she hasn't selected one regular quality partner yet and instead seems to just go from tournament to tournament playing with a different partner every week, many of which are hardly up to her standard. She has had some good partners, like Chan, King, Amanmuradova, Kudryavtseva and Kleybanova along the way but quite often she ends up partnering players like Rolle and Manasieva which is hardly conducive to winning matches. Personally I think Monica needs to form a stable partnership with another decent player who she has a good chemisty with. It is probably just a matter of time and I do expect Monica to make a nice move up the doubles rankings this year.

As far as Slams go, remember Monica has really only broken through to the main tour in the last 2 years so she is just at the beginning of her career. The Slam results have been consistent but there hasn't been a big breakthrough yet although I do believe it is just a matter of time. Monica has got to the final 16 the last 3 Slams in doubles.
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