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MONICA NICULESCU

Romania

Road to Singapore

15th

DOUBLES

D.O.B.
Sep 25
1987
Height
5' 6"
1.68 m
Weight
139 lbs.
63 kg
Plays
Right-handed
two-handed both sides
Status
Pro
May 2002
Personal
Coached by Calin Ciorbagiu ... Mother is Cristiana and father is Mihai (both engineers); sister is Gabriela... Enjoys music, shopping, movies and fashion ... Favorite cities are Bucharest and New York ... Favorite player is Agassi; admires Federer and Nadal ... Favorite movie is Gladiator; favorite TV show is Friends.
Career Highlights
SINGLES
Winner (3): 2016 - Luxembourg; 2014 - Guangzhou; 2013 - Florianopolis.
Finalist (5): 2017 - Hobart; 2016 - Seoul; 2015 - Nottingham; 2012 - Luxembourg; 2011 - Luxembourg.

DOUBLES
Winner (8): 2017 - Biel/Bienne (w/Hsieh); 2016 - Shenzhen (w/King), Washington DC (w/Wickmayer), New Haven (w/Mirza); 2014 - Shenzhen, Hobart (both w/Koukalova); 2012 - Hobart (w/Begu); 2009 - Budapest (w/Kleybanova).
Finalist (16): 2017 - Wimbledon (w/H. Chan), Cincinnati (w/Hsieh); 2016 - Montr‚al (w/Halep), Luxembourg (w/Tig); 2015 - Hobart (w/Diatchenko), Wuhan, Moscow (both w/Begu); 2014 - Katowice (w/Koukalova); 2013 - Eastbourne (w/Koukalova); 2012 - Guangzhou (w/Gajdosova), Luxembourg (w/Begu); 2011 - Baku (w/Voskoboeva); 2010 - Hobart (w/Y.Chan), Prague (w/Szavay); 2009 - Stanford (w/Y.Chan); 2008 - New Haven (w/Cirstea).

ADDITIONAL
Romanian Fed Cup Team, 2004-08, 2011, 2014-16.
Career Review
2016 - Third non-consecutive Top 40 season (finishing ranked No.39); won third WTA singles title at Luxembourg; R-Up at Seoul (l. to Arruabarrena); reached R16 at Miami (l. to Konta); 3r at Doha (l. to A.Radwanska), Indian Wells (l. to A.Radwanska) and US Open (l. to Wozniacki); 2r nine times (incl. Australian Open and Wimbledon); 1r four times (incl. Madrid and Roland Garros); made 2r at Rio Olympics; fell in WTA qualifying twice; won two WTA doubles titles.

2015 - Second-best season to date (finishing No.39 - finished 2011 at No.30); runner-up at Nottingham (l. to Konjuh in final); SF at Bucharest (l. to Errani); QF twice at Washington DC and Guangzhou; reached 4r once (Wimbledon) and 2r seven times (incl. US Open); fell 1r nine times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying three times; won two singles titles on ITF Circuit; withdrew from Acapulco and Monterrey w/left foot injury.

2014 - Another Top 50 season (finishing No.47); won one WTA title at Guangzhou (d. Cornet in final); SF at Bucharest (l. to Halep); QF three times at Shenzhen, Hobart and Florianopolis; reached 3r twice (incl. Australian Open) and 2r four times (incl. Indian Wells - l. to Makarova 57 76(3) 63; held 1mp at 75 65, Roland Garros - l. to Ormaechea 26 75 62; held mp at 62 54, and US Open); fell 1r nine times (incl. Wimbledon and Monterrey - l. to Morita 64 36 76(1); held 2mp at 5-4 third set) and in qualifying five times; won two WTA doubles titles.

2013 - Another Top 100 season; won one WTA title at Florianopolis (d. Puchkova in final); SF twice at Shenzhen (l. to Koukalova) and Monterrey (l. to Pavlyuchenkova); QF twice at Hobart and Washington DC; reached 2r seven times; fell 1r 10 times (incl. Wimbledon - l. to Barthel 63 46 75; held 3mp at 5-4 third set, and other three majors) and in qualifying twice..

2012 - Another Top 100 season; runner-up at Luxembourg (l. to V.Williams in final); QF at Doha; reached 3r once (Australian Open) and 2r eight times; fell 1r 12 time (incl. other three majors); won one WTA doubles title; won one singles title on ITF Circuit; missed all tournaments between Wimbledon and US Open w/left hand injury (withdrew from Stanford, Carlsbad, Olympics, Montr‚al, Cincinnati and Dallas).

2011 - First Top 30 season (finishing No.30); runner-up at Luxembourg (l. to Azarenka in final); SF twice at Estoril (l. to Medina Garrigues) and Beijing (l. to Petkovic); reached 4r once (US Open), 3r once (Australian Open) and 2r five times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r five times (incl. Roland Garros) and in qualifying five times; went into US Open ranked No.68 but finished No.30 on November 7 year-end rankings (after last three events at US Open, Beijing and Luxembourg); withdrew from Budapest, Bad Gastein and Tashkent w/abdominal injury.

2010 - Another Top 100 season; SF at Tashkent (l. to Vesnina); reached 2r three times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r five times (incl. Australian Open, US Open) and in qualifying nine times (incl. Roland Garros); won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2009 - Another Top 100 season; QF twice at Strasbourg and Tashkent; reached 2r six times (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r 14 times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying once; won one WTA doubles title; withdrew from Marbella, Barcelona and Bad Gastein w/forearm injury.

2008 - First Top 50 season; QF at Tashkent; reached 2r six times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r eight times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying five times; made Top 100 debut on May 19 (rose from No.111 to No.86) and Top 50 debut on November 10 (rose from No.53 to No.47); won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2007 - Played first WTA main draw at Dubai, falling 1r (as WC, l. to Kirilenko); fell in qualifying six times (incl. all four majors); won three singles titles and four doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

2006 - Fell in WTA qualifying once; won one singles title and five doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

2005 - Played first WTA qualifying at Modena; won four singles titles and four doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

2004 - Won four singles titles and four doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

2003 - Won two singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2002 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit, winning one singles title and one doubles title.
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