Sunday, September 4, 2011

US Open Day 7: Niculescu

Curtain Call

Player: Monica Niculescu
Age: 23
Nation: Romania
Current Ranking: 68
Notable Conquest: Lucie Safarova (27th seed, Czech Republic)
Today's Result: loss to Angelique Kerber (Germany) in straight sets


In reaching the fourth round, Niculescu achieved her career-best singles result at a Slam. To this point, she has found greater success on the doubles circuit. She is currently ranked 49th in the world in doubles and has one Slam doubles quarterfinal on her resume: Roland Garros 2010.

Catching Up with Old Friends

Sabine Lisicki (Curtain Call, Wimbledon Day 12) - While Lisicki's meteoric rise up the singles rankings has certainly been impressive, the Squid latched onto her at Wimbledon for her performance in doubles. At the US Open, she teamed with Samantha Stosur (Australia) and the two lost in the first round to Eleni Daniilidou (Greece)/Polona Hercog (Slovenia) in three sets. However, Lisicki didn't play doubles at the US Open last year so it still counts as an improvement. Meanwhile, she turned in another strong result in singles, attaining the fourth round, her career-best for the event. Her tournament came to an end this evening against Vera Zvonareva (2nd, Russia) in straight sets.

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