Athlete of the Week on RRI - Tennis Player Monica Niculescu

athlete of the week on rri - tennis player monica niculescu Niculescu reached the semi-finals of the women's doubles at Shenzhen

The Shenzhen tournament in China came to a close last week, offering total prizes of some 775 thousand dollars. In the women's singles, Romania's representatives were knocked out relatively quick into the competition, ever since the first round. Sorana Cirstea lost to China's Xiyu Wang, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, while Irina Begu lost to Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-3. In the women's doubles, however, Monica Niculescu reached the semi-finals, together with Misaki Doi of Japan. For her achievement, we have designated Monica Niculescu Athlete of the Week on RRI.

In Shenzhen, in the first round, Niculescu and Doi knocked out Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia and Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia, 6-2, 6-2. In the second round they were pitted against the number one seeds, Elise Mertens of Belgium and Arina Sabalenka of Belarus. Monica and Misaki won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. In the semi-finals however, the two lost to the all-Chinese pair Ying-Ying Duan and Saisai Zheng, 3-6, 6-3, 10-4. Monica has previously won two doubles titles in Shenzhen, in 2014 alongside Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic, and in 2016 with Vania King of the United States.

Monica Niculescu was born in Slatina on September 25, 1987. She has been living in Bucharest since the age of 4. She started playing tennis at the age of 5 and turned pro in 2002. She won three WTA tournaments in the women's singles and 9 in the women's doubles. Her career-long winnings amount to over 6 million dollars. Her highest ranking in the women's singles was 28th in 2012, and 11th in the women's doubles in 2018. She is now ranked 128th in the singles and 46th in the doubles.

(Translated by V. Palcu)
Publicat: 2020-01-14 13:45:00
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