Romanian tennis player Sorana Cirstea has managed, this week, a 15 places jump in the world rankings. She climbed form 86th place to 71st, thanks to the victory at the ITF tournament in Dubai, with 100 thousand dollars in prize money. For the victory in the Emirates, Sorana Cirstea is Athelte of the Week on RRI.
In Dubai, Sorana was not among the favourites, and she had to face powerful opponents. In the first round, she defeated the 4th seed, the Russian Anna Blinkova, 6-1, 6-1. The second round brought her face to face with the Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto, coming from qualifiers, whom she defeated 6-0, 6-3.
It was harder in the quarterfinals, when Sorana needed three sets to win against Barbora Krejcikova, from the Czech Republic, no. 65 WTA and seed number 6, with 7-6, 1-6, 6-3. In the semifinals, the Romanian passed by the 2nd seed, the Slovenian Polona Hercog, world number 54, winning the match with the score 7-5, 4-6, 7-5.
In the final, Sorana met again a player ranked better in the world hierarchy, Katerina Siniakova, from the Czech Republic, number 64 WTA, whom she defeated 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. It should be noted, however, that the Romanian won all four direct matches with Siniakova, the previous ones being in 2017, in the first round at Eastbourne, then in 2018, in the first round in Madrid, and in 2019, in the first round at the US Open.
Sorana Cîrstea was born in Târgovişte (southern Romania), on April 7, 1990. She turned professional in 2006, the year she finished 348th in the world rankings. He has so far won only one WTA tournament, in 2008 in Tashkent. In August 2013 she climbed to the most advanced position of her entire career, more precisely on the 21st place.
A harder period followed, marked by physical problems, but Sorana recovered and, in March 2018, she went up to the 33rd place. Now, ranked 71st, she is the third Romanian in the world hierarchy, after Simona Halep, who occupies the 2nd place, and Patricia Țig, the 56th place. So far, she has won some 6 million dollars from tennis. (M.Ignatescu)