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Monica Niculescu
Monica Niculescu
(born 25 September 1987) is a Romanian professional tennis player. Her career-high rankings are world No. 28 in singles, reached in February 2012, and No. 15 in doubles, reached in August 2015.[1] Niculescu was born in Slatina, Romania, but moved to Bucharest
Bucharest
when she was four. She is currently coached by Călin Stelian Ciorbagiu.[1]

Contents

1 Tennis
Tennis
career

1.1 2002–2005: Junior years 1.2 2006–2008: Constant progress as a senior, top 50 1.3 2009: Setback and out of top 100 1.4 2010: Comeback to top 100, first WTA semifinal 1.5 2011: Consistent game, advance to top 30 1.6 2012: Career high, small setback, still top 60 1.7 2013: Steady position, first WTA title 1.8 2014: Second WTA title, top 50 again 1.9 2015: Tough matches, steady game 1.10 2016: Doubles success 1.11 2017: Wimbledon doubles final and first WTA 125 Series crown

2 Playing style 3 Personal life 4 Significant finals

4.1 Grand Slam finals 4.2 Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up) 4.3 Premier-Mandatory/Premier-5 finals

4.3.1 Doubles: 3 (3 runner-ups)

5 WTA career finals

5.1 Singles: 8 (3 titles, 5 runners-up) 5.2 Doubles: 24 (8 titles, 16 runners-up)

6 WTA 125 Series finals

6.1 Singles: 1 title

7 ITF finals (39 titles, 21 runner–up)

7.1 Singles (18 titles, 5 runner–up) 7.2 Doubles (21–16)

8 Singles performance timeline 9 Doubles performance timeline 10 WTA Tour
WTA Tour
career earnings 11 Record against other players 12 Top-10 wins per season 13 References 14 External links

Tennis
Tennis
career[edit] 2002–2005: Junior years[edit] As a junior, Niculescu had the remarkable gift to win quite easily every final she reached. Thus, before reaching the age of 18, she won 11 ITF singles finals, losing only one set:

in Bucharest
Bucharest
(August 2002), 6-1, 7-6 to Tsvetana Pironkova in Cavtat
Cavtat
(April 2003) 6-4, 6-1 to Darija Jurak in Timişoara (August 2003) 6-2, 6-3 to Veronika Rizhik in Albufeira
Albufeira
(February 2004) 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 to Irina Kotkina in Portimão (February 2004) 6-4, 7-6 to Nadja Pavić in Bucharest
Bucharest
(May 2004) 6-2, 6-2 to Simona Matei in Iași
Iași
(August 2004) 7-6, 6-0 to Raluca Olaru in Cairo
Cairo
(March 2005) 6-4, 6-2 to Galina Fokina in Ain Alsoukhna
Ain Alsoukhna
(March 2005) 6-3, 6-4 to Magdaléna Rybáriková in Antalya
Antalya
(May 2005) 6-2, 6-2 to Ekaterina Dzehalevich and in Coimbra
Coimbra
(August 2005) 6-3, 6-1 against Aravane Rezaï

She also won 8 out of 14 ITF finals played in doubles, as a junior, in most of them having as a partner her older sister, Gabriela Niculescu. She played finals in girls' doubles in Roland Garros (2004, paired with Madalinea Gojnea) and twice in Wimbledon (2004 and 2005, paired with Marina Erakovic). By the end of 2005, now already a senior player, she was No. 271 in the WTA rankings and No. 4 in Romania. 2006–2008: Constant progress as a senior, top 50[edit] Niculescu made her WTA debut in 2006 Istanbul, where she won to then junior Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki
but could not pass the 3rd qualification round. In 2007, she continued to play many ITF tournaments, and she also played in qualifications in all four Grand Slams and three other WTA tournaments, but only in Dubai
Dubai
she reached the main draw. Still, winning several ITF tournaments and gathering many small points, she finished the year 2007 in Top 200. In 2008, she reached the quarterfinals in Tashkent, and in all four Grand Slams she reached the first round, with round 2 reached in Wimbledon. Gathering points constantly on WTA Tour, and also including some smaller successes in ITF tournaments, Niculescu was ranked 48th in the World, and 2nd in Romania, at the end of 2008. 2009: Setback and out of top 100[edit] Niculescu opened the season at the Brisbane International, where she lost to Tsvetana Pironkova
Tsvetana Pironkova
in the first round in three sets.[1] She also lost in the first round of the Moorilla Hobart International
Hobart International
to Alona Bondarenko. At the 2009 Australian Open, Niculescu beat Katie O'Brien in the first round, 6–4, 6–4, before losing to Sara Errani in the second, 2–6, 3–6. Alongside Sorana Cîrstea, Niculescu was the 14th seed in women's doubles; they lost to Nathalie Dechy
Nathalie Dechy
and Mara Santangelo in the second round, 3–6, 3–6. In the other three Grand Slams, she did not go past round 1 of the main draw. Her best results of the year were quarterfinals in Tashkent and Strasbourg. At the Open GDF Suez held in Paris, Niculescu defeated Timea Bacsinszky in the first round, before losing to eventual champion Amélie Mauresmo
Amélie Mauresmo
in the second. She then took part in the Dubai
Dubai
Tennis Championships. She beat Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai
in the first round in three sets, 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, and then lost to world No. 3, Jelena Janković, 3–6, 2–6. Niculescu also partnered Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina
in doubles, and the two reached the quarterfinals in women's doubles; they lost to Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
and Francesca Schiavone. Niculescu had two consecutive first-round losses, at the BNP Paribas Open
BNP Paribas Open
in Indian Wells (fell to Anna-Lena Grönefeld) and Sony Ericsson Open
Sony Ericsson Open
in Miami (fell to Tamira Paszek). Partnering Alisa Kleybanova, she reached the quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Open, where they lost to Maria Kirilenko and Flavia Pennetta. At the Sony Ericsson Open
Sony Ericsson Open
she partnered Kleybanova again, but they lost to second seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual. Niculescu withdrew from the Andalucía Tennis
Tennis
Experience and Barcelona Ladies Open due to a forearm injury.[1] At the end of the year, she had slipped out of top 100. 2010: Comeback to top 100, first WTA semifinal[edit]

Monica Niculescu
Monica Niculescu
at the 2010 US Open

In 2010, Monica started the season in Auckland, coming from qualifying. In the first round, she lost to fifth seed Virginie Razzano, 5–7, 4–6. In doubles, she partnered Ioana Raluca Olaru, and they defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
and Carla Suárez Navarro, 7–5, 7–5. In the second round, they lost to Cara Black
Cara Black
and Liezel Huber, 3–6, 2–6. At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to Jelena Janković, 4–6, 0–6. In doubles, she partnered Chan Yung-jan
Chan Yung-jan
and defeated Monique Adamczak
Monique Adamczak
and Nicole Kriz, 6–3, 6–1. The pair defeated Alla Kudryavtseva
Alla Kudryavtseva
and Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
in the second round, 6–4, 6–4. In the third round, they lost to sixth seeds Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs, 5–7, 3–6. Niculescu then played an ITF tournament in Midland, but lost in the first round to Eleni Daniilidou
Eleni Daniilidou
4–6, 2–6. In Memphis, she lost in the first round qualifying to Valérie Tétreault. In doubles, she reached the semifinals along with Riza Zalameda, losing to Vania King
Vania King
and Michaëlla Krajicek, 1–6, 4–6. At Indian Wells, she lost in qualifying to Tamarine Tanasugarn. In doubles, together with Michaëlla Krajicek, she lost in first round to Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
and Yan Zi, 6–7, 2–6. In Marbella failed to qualify in singles, but in doubles she partnered Sophie Lefèvre. They defeated Kristina Barrois
Kristina Barrois
and Ioana Raluca Olaru in the first round, 6–3, 4–6, [10–7]. However, in the second round, they lost to Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
and Meghann Shaughnessy, 2–6, 4–6. She made again her best in Tashkent, where she reached her first WTA semifinals but lost to Elena Vesnina. Although in the first half of the year she was struggling between ranks 100 and 150, by the middle of the year she reached top 100 again and ended the year as No. 82 in the world, and No. 2 in Romania. 2011: Consistent game, advance to top 30[edit] At the Australian Open, Niculescu defeated Timea Bacsinszky
Timea Bacsinszky
in straight sets, 6–0, 6–3. Facing off against the 32nd seed, Tsvetana Pironkova
Tsvetana Pironkova
of Bulgaria, Niculescu cruised through the match winning 6–4, 6–1. In the third round, she lost to the 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, 0–6, 6–7. Niculescu defeated Patricia Mayr-Achleitner
Patricia Mayr-Achleitner
in the first round and compatriot Alexandra Dulgheru
Alexandra Dulgheru
in the second round, 6–3, 6–0, to advance to the third round of the US Open. In defeating Lucie Šafářová, 6–0, 6–1, Niculescu advanced to the fourth round of a Grand Slam singles competition for the first time in her career, where she lost 4–6, 3–6 to unseeded Angelique Kerber. At the Tier-1 China
China
Open, she shocked the world with a dominating victory over fourth seed Li Na, 6–4, 6–0 in the first round and advanced to the semifinals, where she lost to eventual runner-up, Andrea Petkovic. She advanced to her first WTA final at the International tournament in Luxembourg, losing to Victoria Azarenka, 2–6, 2–6. En route to the final, she spent many hours on court with a 6–7, 7–5, 7–6 first-round victory over Karin Knapp, a second-round 7–6, 3–6, 6–1 win over Anabel Medina Garrigues, and a 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 win in three hours over 2010 finalist Anne Keothavong
Anne Keothavong
in the semifinals. The end of the year found her as No. 30 in the world and No. 1 in Romania. 2012: Career high, small setback, still top 60[edit] At the Australian Open, Niculescu made it to the third round by defeating Alizé Cornet
Alizé Cornet
and Pauline Parmentier, but she was defeated by then–world No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki, 2–6, 2–6. She reached quarterfinals in Doha, where she lost to Samantha Stosur. Her best result was again the WTA final in Luxembourg, lost to Venus Williams. Although in February Niculescu had reached rank No. 28, her career high so far, the inconsistent results during the season made her go down to world No. 58 by the end of the year. 2013: Steady position, first WTA title[edit] Aside two WTA semifinals in Shenzhen and Monterrey, Niculescu won her first singles WTA title in Florianópolis. She played in round 1 of all the Grand Slams, but lost the games constantly. Yet, winning enough games and points in WTA tournaments, she kept her Top 60 position, finishing the season as No. 59 in the WTA rankings. 2014: Second WTA title, top 50 again[edit] In all, Niculescu had an improving season, reaching round 3 at Australian Open, round 2 at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, quarterfinals in Shenzhen, Hobart and Florianópolis, and semifinals in Bucharest. The best result was her winning the WTA tournament in Guangzhou, as her second WTA title. Thus she entered top 50 again by the end of the year. 2015: Tough matches, steady game[edit] Much of early 2015 was particularly difficult for Niculescu, as she often faced difficult draws. For instance she drew world No. 1, Serena Williams, twice in a row in the second round of Indian Wells and Miami. While she managed to test Williams with a 5–7, 5–7 score, she was not able to win a set against her in either match. She also suffered first round losses at Shenzen, Hobart, the Australian Open, Dubai, Prague, and the French Open.[1] Niculescu won the Marseille
Marseille
clay 100K ITF tournament in June. Shortly thereafter, she defeated first-seeded Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
5–7, 6–4, 6–0 at the Aegon Open Nottingham WTA grass tournament to earn a place in the final where she lost to teenager Ana Konjuh
Ana Konjuh
6–1, 4–6, 2–6. All five matches she played went to three sets. She then lost in the first round at Birmingham to the 10th seed, Barbora Strýcová.[1] Niculescu earned a spot in the fourth round at the Wimbledon Championships for the first time, defeating Monica Puig
Monica Puig
5–7, 6–3, 6–1, Jana Čepelová
Jana Čepelová
6–3, 6–3, and Kristýna Plíšková
Kristýna Plíšková
6–3, 7–5. This is the second time she has made it past the third round at a major. Despite winning the first set of her fourth-round match 6-1 and having a positive head-to-head record against the player, she was defeated by 15th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky, who took the next two sets. Bacsinszky has seen a dramatic improvement of her results, having recently also made the semifinals at the French Open.[2] 2016: Doubles success[edit] Niculescu reached a career high ranking of 16 in doubles in July. She partnered with Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza
to win in New Haven.[3] 2017: Wimbledon doubles final and first WTA 125 Series crown[edit] Monica Niculescu
Monica Niculescu
started her season at Shenzhen Open with a victory, defeating Kai-Lin Zhang, but she lost her second match to Wang Qiang. Next week, Niculescu played at Hobart International
Hobart International
where she made it to the final where she lost to Elise Mertens
Elise Mertens
3–6, 1–6. At the Australian Open, Monica lost to Anna Blinkova
Anna Blinkova
in the first round. Then, Niculescu played doubles with Abigail Spears, but they lost in the first round to Andrea Petkovic
Andrea Petkovic
and Mirjana Lučić-Baroni. She won the WTA 125 Series Open at Limoges on November 12. Playing style[edit] Nicolescu plays right-handed, with powerful topspin backhand and unpredictable forehand slice. She has great volleying ability and great footwork. Personal life[edit] Her mother, Cristiana Silvia Niculescu is a pharmaceutical sales representative; her father Mihai Niculescu is an engineer.[1] Niculescu has an older sister, Gabriela, who was a professional tennis player and attended University of Idaho, after transferring from USC after her junior year.[1] Monica Niculescu
Monica Niculescu
cited Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
and Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi
as her tennis idols.[1] She enjoys shopping, movies, reading, and spending time with her family.[1] Niculescu listed her favourite movie as The Butterfly Effect with Ashton Kutcher.[1] Significant finals[edit] Grand Slam finals[edit] Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Runner-up 2017 Wimbledon Grass Chan Hao-ching Ekaterina Makarova Elena Vesnina 0–6, 0–6

Premier-Mandatory/Premier-5 finals[edit] Doubles: 3 (3 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Runner-up 2015 Wuhan Hard Irina-Camelia Begu Martina Hingis Sania Mirza 2−6, 3−6

Runner-up 2016 Canada Hard Simona Halep Ekaterina Makarova Elena Vesnina 3–6, 6–7(5–7)

Runner-up 2017 Cincinnati Open Hard Hsieh Su-wei Chan Yung-jan Martina Hingis 6–4, 4–6, [7–10]

WTA career finals[edit] Singles: 8 (3 titles, 5 runners-up)[edit]

Legend (pre/post 2009)

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)

WTA Tour Championships (0–0)

Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)

Tier II / Premier (0–0)

Tier III, IV & V / International (3–5)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score

Runner-up 1. 23 October 2011 BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City Hard (i) Victoria Azarenka 2–6, 2–6

Runner-up 2. 21 October 2012 BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City (2) Hard (i) Venus Williams 2–6, 3–6

Winner 1. 2 March 2013 Brasil Tennis
Tennis
Cup, Florianópolis Hard Olga Puchkova 6–2, 4–6, 6–4

Winner 2. 21 September 2014 Guangzhou International Women's Open, China Hard Alizé Cornet 6–4, 6–0

Runner-up 3. 15 June 2015 Aegon Nottingham Open, United Kingdom Grass Ana Konjuh 6–1, 4–6, 2–6

Runner-up 4. 25 September 2016 Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea Hard Lara Arruabarrena 0–6, 6–2, 0–6

Winner 3. 22 October 2016 BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City (3) Hard (i) Petra Kvitová 6–4, 6–0

Runner-up 5. 14 January 2017 Hobart International, Australia Hard Elise Mertens 3–6, 1–6

Doubles: 24 (8 titles, 16 runners-up)[edit]

Legend (pre/post 2009)

Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)

WTA Tour Championships (0–0)

Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–3)

Tier II / Premier (1–4)

Tier III, IV & V / International (7–8)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score

Runner-up 1. 17 August 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, United States Hard Sorana Cîrstea Květa Peschke Lisa Raymond 6–4, 5–7, [7–10]

Winner 1. 12 July 2009 GDF Suez Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary Clay Alisa Kleybanova Alona Bondarenko Kateryna Bondarenko 6–4, 7–6(7–5)

Runner-up 2. 2 August 2009 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, United States Hard Chan Yung-jan Serena Williams Venus Williams 1–6, 4–6

Runner-up 3. 16 January 2010 Moorilla Hobart International, Australia Hard Chan Yung-jan Květa Peschke Chuang Chia-jung 6–3, 3–6, [7–10]

Runner-up 4. 18 July 2010 ECM Prague Open, Czech Republic Clay Ágnes Szávay Timea Bacsinszky Tathiana Garbin 5–7, 6–7(4–7)

Runner-up 5. 23 July 2011 Baku Cup, Azerbaijan Hard Galina Voskoboeva Mariya Koryttseva Tatiana Poutchek 3–6, 6–2, [8–10]

Winner 2. 14 January 2012 Moorilla Hobart International, Australia Hard Irina-Camelia Begu Chuang Chia-jung Marina Erakovic 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), [10–5]

Runner-up 6. 22 September 2012 Guangzhou International Women's Open, China Hard Jarmila Gajdošová Tamarine Tanasugarn Zhang Shuai 6–2, 2–6, [8–10]

Runner-up 7. 21 October 2012 BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City Hard (i) Irina-Camelia Begu Andrea Hlaváčková Lucie Hradecká 3–6, 4–6

Runner-up 8. 22 June 2013 Aegon International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass Klára Koukalová Nadia Petrova Katarina Srebotnik 3-6, 3-6

Winner 3. 4 January 2014 Shenzhen Open, China Hard Klára Koukalová Lyudmyla Kichenok Nadiia Kichenok 6–3, 6–4

Winner 4. 11 January 2014 Moorilla Hobart International, Australia Hard Klára Koukalová Lisa Raymond Zhang Shuai 6–2, 6–7(5–7), [10–8]

Runner-up 9. 13 April 2014 BNP Paribas Katowice Open, Poland Hard (i) Klára Koukalová Yuliya Beygelzimer Olga Savchuk 4–6, 7–5, [7–10]

Runner-up 10. 17 January 2015 Moorilla Hobart International, Australia Hard Vitalia Diatchenko Kiki Bertens Johanna Larsson 5–7, 3–6

Runner-up 11. 3 October 2015 Wuhan Open, China Hard Irina-Camelia Begu Martina Hingis Sania Mirza 2−6, 3−6

Runner-up 12. 24 October 2015 Kremlin Cup, Moscow Hard (i) Irina-Camelia Begu Daria Kasatkina Elena Vesnina 3–6, 7–6(9–7), [5–10]

Winner 5. 9 January 2016 Shenzhen Open, China Hard Vania King Xu Yifan Zheng Saisai 6−1, 6−4

Winner 6. 24 July 2016 Citi Open, Washington, D.C. Hard Yanina Wickmayer Shuko Aoyama Risa Ozaki 6–4, 6–3

Runner-up 13. 31 July 2016 Rogers Cup, Montréal, Canada Hard Simona Halep Ekaterina Makarova Elena Vesnina 3–6, 6–7(5–7)

Winner 7. 27 August 2016 Connecticut Open, New Haven, United States Hard Sania Mirza Kateryna Bondarenko Chuang Chia-jung 7–5, 6–4

Runner-up 14. 22 October 2016 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City Hard (i) Patricia Maria Țig Kiki Bertens Johanna Larsson 6–4, 5–7, [9–11]

Winner 8. 16 April 2017 Ladies Open Biel Bienne, Switzerland Hard (i) Hsieh Su-wei Timea Bacsinszky Martina Hingis 5–7, 6–3, [10–7]

Runner-up 15. 15 July 2017 Wimbledon, London Grass Chan Hao-ching Ekaterina Makarova Elena Vesnina 0–6, 0–6

Runner-up 16. 19 August 2017 Cincinnati Open, United States Hard Hsieh Su-wei Chan Yung-jan Martina Hingis 6–4, 4–6, [7–10]

WTA 125 Series finals[edit] Singles: 1 title[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score

Winner 1. 12 November 2017 Open de Limoges, France Hard (i) Antonia Lottner 6–4, 6–2

ITF finals (39 titles, 21 runner–up)[edit] Singles (18 titles, 5 runner–up)[edit]

Legend

$100,000 tournaments

$75,000 tournaments

$50,000 tournaments

$25,000 tournaments

$15,000 tournaments

$10,000 tournaments

Finals by surface

Hard (9–2)

Clay (9–3)

Grass (0–0)

Carpet (0–0)

Outcome No. Datexf Tournament Surface Opponent Score

Winner 1. 12 August 2002 Bucharest, Romania Clay Tsvetana Pironkova 6–1, 7–6(7–4)

Winner 2. 9 April 2003 Cavtat, Croatia Clay Darija Jurak 6–4, 6–1

Winner 3. 25 August 2003 Timișoara, Romania Clay Veronica Rizhik 6–2, 6–3

Winner 4. 9 February 2004 Albufeira, Portugal Hard Irina Kotkina 6–1, 3–6, 6–0

Winner 5. 16 February 2004 Portimao, Portugal Hard Nadja Pavic 6–4, 7–6(7–4)

Winner 6. 17 May 2004 Bucharest, Romania Clay Simona Matei 6–2, 6–2

Winner 7. 16 August 2004 Iași, Romania Clay Raluca Olaru 7–6(7–5), 6–0

Winner 8. 15 March 2005 Cairo, Egypt Clay Galina Fokina 6–4, 6–2

Winner 9. 21 March 2005 Ain Alsoukhna, Egypt Clay Magdaléna Rybáriková 6–3, 6–4

Winner 10. 9 May 2005 Antalya, Turkey Clay Ekaterina Dzehalevich 6–2, 6–2

Winner 11. 15 August 2005 Coimbra, Portugal Hard Aravane Rezaï 6–3, 6–1

Runner-up 1. 3 July 2006 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Yevgenia Savranska 6-7(4–7), 5–7

Runner-up 2. 17 July 2006 Darmstadt, Germany Clay Magda Mihalache 0–6, 1–6

Runner-up 3. 8 August 2006 Coimbra, Portugal Hard Kelly Liggan 0–6, 6-7(7–9)

Winner 12. 24 September 2007 Granada, Spain Hard María José Martínez Sánchez 6–3, 6–4

Winner 13. 22 October 2007 Istanbul, Turkey Hard (i) Oxana Lyubtsova 6–2, 6–0

Winner 14. 5 November 2007 Port Pirie, Australia Hard Hwang I-hsuan 6–1, 6–2

Winner 15. 19 November 2007 Mount Gambier, Australia Hard Ye-Ra Lee 6–3, 6–1

Runner-up 4. 3 November 2008 Krakow, Poland Hard (i) Anne Keothavong 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 3–6

Runner-up 5. 19 July 2010 Petange, Luxembourg Clay Mathilde Johansson 3–6, 3–6

Winner 16. 19 November 2012 Nantes, France Hard (i) Yulia Putintseva 6–2, 6–3

Winner 17. 1 June 2015 Marseille, France Clay Pauline Parmentier 6–2, 7–5

Winner 18. 26 October 2015 Poitiers, France Hard (i) Pauline Parmentier 7–5, 6–2

Doubles (21–16)[edit]

Legend

$100,000 tournaments

$75,000 tournaments

$50,000 tournaments

$25,000 tournaments

$15,000 tournaments

$10,000 tournaments

Finals by surface

Hard (4–3)

Clay (17–13)

Grass (0–0)

Carpet (0–0)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score

Runner-up 1. 12 August 2002 Bucharest, Romania Clay Gabriela Niculescu Radoslava Topalova Virginia Trifonova 4–6, 6–3, 3–6

Winner 1. 26 August 2002 Bucharest, Romania Clay Gabriela Niculescu Iveta Gerlova Nina Nittinger 6–2, 6–2

Runner-up 2. 10 March 2003 Makarska, Croatia Clay Gabriela Niculescu Stefanie Haidner Daniela Klemenschits 6–3, 6–7(7–9), 4–6

Winner 2. 31 March 2003 Makarska, Croatia Clay Gabriela Niculescu Darija Jurak Maria Jedlickova 6–2, 6–2

Runner-up 3. 14 April 2003 Dubrovnik, Croatia Clay Gabriela Niculescu Mervana Jugic-Salkic Darija Jurak 2–6, 6–4, 2–6

Runner-up 4. 11 August 2003 Bucharest, Romania Clay Gabriela Niculescu Anna Bastrikova Elena Vesnina 4–6, 4–6

Runner-up 5. 11 August 2003 Timișoara, Romania Clay Gabriela Niculescu Julia Acs Vasilisa Davydova 4–6, 3–6

Winner 3. 17 May 2004 Bucharest, Romania Clay Gabriela Niculescu Lenore Lazaroiu Andra Savu 6–4, 6–2

Winner 4. 13 July 2004 Bucharest, Romania Clay Gabriela Niculescu Liana Ungur Iris Ichim 6–4, 6–1

Winner 5. 9 August 2004 Târgu Mureș, Romania Clay Gabriela Niculescu Simona Matei Barbara Pocza 7–5, 6–1

Winner 6. 16 August 2004 Iași, Romania Clay Gabriela Niculescu Nadine Schlotterer Eva Valkova 7–5, 6–1

Winner 7. 15 March 2005 Cairo, Egypt Clay Gabriela Niculescu Hanna Andreyeva Valeria Bondarenko 6–2, 6–3

Winner 8. 15 March 2005 Ain El Soukhna, Egypt Clay Gabriela Niculescu Laura-Ramona Husaru Sarah Raab 6–1, 6–1

Runner-up 6. 11 April 2005 Civitavecchia, Italy Clay Gabriela Niculescu Lucie Hradecka Sandra Zahlavova 4–6, 3–6

Winner 9. 2 May 2005 Antalya, Turkey Clay Gabriela Niculescu Irina Buryachok Olga Panova 6–3, 6–4

Winner 9. 9 May 2005 Antalya, Turkey Clay Gabriela Niculescu Renata Kucerkova Kathrin Woerle-Scheller 6–7, 6–0, 6–0

Runner-up 7. 15 October 2005 Sevilla, Spain Clay Gabriela Niculescu Sara Errani María José Martínez Sánchez 2–6, 6–7(5-7)

Runner-up 8. 3 April 2006 Athens, Greece Clay Gabriela Niculescu Olga Brozda Margit Ruutel 6–2, 4–6, 2–6

Winner 10. 9 May 2006 Bucharest, Romania Clay Gabriela Niculescu Sorana Cirstea Diana Buzean 6–3, 6–0

Winner 11. 20 June 2006 Bucharest, Romania Clay Gabriela Niculescu Raluca Ciulei Neda Kozic 6–2, 6–1

Winner 12. 3 July 2006 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Renata Voráčová Eva Fislova Stanislava Hrozenska 6–2, 6–7(4-7), 7–5

Winner 13. 17 July 2006 Darmstadt, Germany Clay Yevgenia Savranska Daniela Klemenschits Sandra Klemenschits 1–6, 6–0, 6–1

Winner 14. 4 September 2006 Mestre, Italy Clay Renata Voráčová Margalita Chakhnashvili-Ranzinger Tatjana Maria 6–4, 3–6, 6–4

Winner 14. 2 April 2007 Putignano, Italy Hard Andreja Klepač Jessica Kirkland Carmen Klaschka 6–2, 7–5

Runners-up 9. 17 July 2006 Jounieh, Lebanon Clay Madalina Gojnea Tatiana Poutchek Anastasiya Yakimova 7–5, 6–0

Winner 15. 10 July 2007 Darmstadt, Germany Clay Ekaterina Dzehalevich Hilary Barte Tatjana Priachin 6–4, 7–5

Runners-up 10. 31 July 2007 Bucharest, Romania Clay Ekaterina Dzehalevich Sorana Cirstea Ágnes Szatmári 6–0, 4–6, ret.

Runners-up 11. 17 September 2007 Madrid, Spain Clay Yevgenia Savranska María José Martínez Sánchez Arantxa Parra Santonja 6–1, 6–7(4–7)

Runners-up 12. 10 July 2007 Granada, Spain Clay Alexandra Dulgheru Marta Marrero María José Martínez Sánchez 4–6, 1–6

Winner 16. 19 November 2007 Mount Gambier, Australia Hard Antonia Matic Sophie Ferguson Trudi Musgrave 5–7, 6–3, [10-8]

Winner 17. 10 December 2007 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Marina Eraković Yuliana Fedak Anna Lapushchenkova 7–6(7–1), 6–4

Runners-up 13. 20 October 2008 Poitiers, France Hard (i) Akgul Amanmuradova Petra Cetkovská Lucie Šafářová 4–6, 4–6

Runners-up 14. 27 October 2008 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i) Akgul Amanmuradova Andrea Hlaváčková Lucie Hradecká 6–7(1–7), 1–6

Runners-up 15. 5 July 2010 Biarritz, France Clay Lourdes Domínguez Lino Sharon Fichman Julia Görges 5–7, 4–6

Winner 18. 19 July 2010 Petange, Luxembourg Clay Sharon Fichman Sophie Lefèvre Laura Thorpe 6–4, 6–2

Runners-up 16. 5 July 2013 Poitiers, France Hard (i) Christina McHale Lucie Hradecká Michaëlla Krajicek 6–7(5–7), 6–2

Winner 19. 31 October 2015 Poitiers, France Hard (i) Cristina-Andreea Mitu Stéphanie Foretz Amandine Hesse 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–2), [10–8]

Singles performance timeline[edit] Current up to 2018 BNP Paribas Open.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W-L

Grand Slam Tournaments

Australian Open A A 1R 2R 1R 3R 3R 1R 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R 8–11

French Open A A 1R 1R Q3 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R

1–9

Wimbledon A A 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 4R 2R 1R

7–10

US Open A A 1R 1R 1R 4R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 3R

9–10

Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–4 1–4 1–3 6–4 2–4 0–4 4−4 4−4 4−4 2–4 0–1 25–40

Year-End Championship

WTA Tour
WTA Tour
Championships Did Not Qualify

!0–0

Olympic Games

Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 2R NH 1–0

WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments

Indian Wells A A A 1R LQ 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R 2R 1R 6–9

Miami A A A 1R A 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 4R 1R

4–8

Madrid Not Held 1R A 1R 1R Q1 1R LQ 1R 1R

0–6

Beijing Not Tier I A Q1 SF 2R 2R 1R 1R LQ 2R

7–6

WTA Premier 5 Tournaments

Doha Not Tier I 2R Not Held NP5 QF 2R 3R NP5 3R NP5 3R 11–6

Rome A A 2R 1R A A 1R 1R LQ LQ 1R 1R

1–6

Canada A A 2R 1R 1R LQ Absent 2R A

2–4

Cincinnati Not Tier I A 2R 1R A 2R LQ Q1 Q1 Q1

2–3

Wuhan Not Held 2R A 1R

1-2

Dubai Not Tier I 2R A LQ Not Premier 5 1R NP5 A

1–2

Tokyo Absent 1R A NP5

0–1

Year-End ranking 222 179 47 101 83 30 58 60 47 39 39 79

Doubles performance timeline[edit] Updated up to 2016 Internazionali BNL d'Italia

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W-L

Grand Slam Tournaments

Australian Open A 2R 3R 2R QF 3R 2R 2R 1R 11–8

French Open A 2R 3R QF 3R 2R 3R 2R 1R A 12–8

Wimbledon A 2R 3R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 8–9

US Open A 2R 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 9–9

Win–Loss 0-0 0-0 3–3 7–4 8–4 4–4 5–4 4–4 4-4 3–4 2–3 40–34

Year-End Championship

WTA Tour
WTA Tour
Championships Did Not Qualify

0–0

Olympic Games

Summer Olympics NH A NH A NH

0–0

WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments

Indian Wells A QF 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 5–8

Miami A 1R 2R 2R SF 1R 2R QF SF 12–8

Madrid NH NH NH 2R A 1R 2R A 2R 1R

3–5

Beijing Tier Tier Tier A 1R 1R A 1R

0–3

WTA Premier-5 Tournaments

Dubai not Premier 5 QF A 2R NP5 QF NP5 5–3

Doha A QF NH NP5 1R A NP5 2R 3–3

Rome A 1R QF 2R 2R SF 7–5

Cincinnati A 1R SF QF 1R A 1R 1R 1R

5–7

Montreal/Toronto A 1R 1R SF 2R A F 4–4

Tokyo A 1R A NP5 0–1

Wuhan NH 1R F

3-2

Year-End ranking 159 131 35 30 30 50 27 70 38 33

WTA Tour
WTA Tour
career earnings[edit]

Year Grand Slam singles titles WTA singles titles Total singles titles Earnings ($) Money list rank

2003 0 0 0 6,343 493

2004 0 0 0 9,073[permanent dead link] 433[permanent dead link]

2005 0 0 0 ? ?

2006 0 0 0 ?[permanent dead link] ?[permanent dead link]

2007 0 0 0 ?[permanent dead link] ?[permanent dead link]

2008 0 0 0 249,035[permanent dead link] 67[permanent dead link]

2009 0 0 0 315,414 67

2010 0 0 0 251,188 77

2011 0 0 0 549,493[permanent dead link] 38[permanent dead link]

2012 0 0 0 450,393[permanent dead link] 45[permanent dead link]

2013 0 1 1 406,372 62

2014 0 1 1 582,694 44

2015 0 0 0 667,180 ?

2016* 0 0 0 335,909 37

Career* 0 2 2 3,480,360 97

*as of 23 May 2016 Record against other players[edit] Niculescu's win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked world No. 10 or higher is as follows:

Player Record Win % Hard Clay Grass Last Match

No. 1 ranked players

Victoria Azarenka 0–5 0% 0–4 0–1 0–0 Loss (1–6, 4–6) at 2013 Australian Open

Angelique Kerber 1–3 25% 1–3 0–0 0–0 Loss (6–0, 1–6, 2-6) at 2013 Linz

Kim Clijsters 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 Loss (5–7, 5–7) at 2011 's-Hertogenbosch

Ana Ivanovic 0–2 0% 0–1 0–1 0–0 Loss (5–7, 3–6) at 2012 Linz

Jelena Janković 2–5 29% 2–4 0–1 0–0 Win (3-6, 6–4, 7-5) at 2016 Doha

Amélie Mauresmo 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (1–6, 2–6) at 2009 Paris

Serena Williams 0–2 0% 0–2 0–0 0–0 Loss (4–6, 1–6) at 2015 Miami

Venus Williams 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (2–6, 3–6) at 2012 Luxembourg

Caroline Wozniacki 0–6 0% 0–6 0–0 0–0 Loss (3–6, 1–6) at 2013 Luxembourg

No. 2 ranked players

Simona Halep 0–2 0% 0–0 0–2 0–0 Loss (2–6, 6–4, 1–6) at 2014 Bucharest

Petra Kvitová 1–2 33% 1–0 0–1 0–1 Loss (6–2, 6–7(5–7), 2-6) at 2016 Stuttgart

Na Li 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (5–7, 6–4, 4–6 ) at 2012 Shenzhen

Agnieszka Radwańska 1–4 20% 0–4 0–0 1–0 Loss (1–6, 5–7) at 2016 Montréal

Vera Zvonareva 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Win (7–5, 3–2 ret.) at 2012 Doha

No. 3 ranked players

No. 4 ranked players

Kimiko Date-Krumm 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Win (6–2, 2–1 ret.) at 2013 Monterrey

Francesca Schiavone 0–4 0% 0–3 0–1 0–0 Loss (3–6, 5–7) at 2012 Stuttgart

Samantha Stosur 0–7 0% 0–7 0–0 0–0 Loss (3–6, 2–6) at 2015 Beijing

No. 5 ranked players

Anna Chakvetadze 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (0–6, 4–6) at 2012 Hobart

Sara Errani 1–4 20% 1–2 0–2 0–0 Loss (7–5, 1–6, 2-6) at 2015 Bucharest

Daniela Hantuchová 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Win (6–1, 6–3) at 2012 Luxembourg

Lucie Šafářová 2–0 100% 2–0 0–0 0–0 Win (6–2, 6–0) at 2012 Beijing

No. 6 ranked players

Flavia Pennetta 0–3 0% 0–2 0–0 0–1 Loss (1–6, 4–6) at 2015 US Open

Carla Suárez Navarro 0–5 0% 0–4 0–1 0–0 Loss (7-5, 3-6, 4–6) at 2015 Wuhan

No. 7 ranked players

Marion Bartoli 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (6-2, 3–6, 2–6) at 2011 Indian Wells

Karolína Plíšková 2–1 67% 2–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (4-6, 6–4, 3–6) at 2016 Fed Cup

Patty Schnyder 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (1-6, 5–7) at 2008 Montréal

Roberta Vinci 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 Loss (3–6, 7–6(7–4), 0-6) at 2012 's-Hertogenbosch

No. 8 ranked players

Ekaterina Makarova 1–4 20% 0–3 1–1 0–0 Loss (7-5, 6-7(3–7), 3-6) at 2014 Indian Wells

Alicia Molik 0–1 0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 Loss (6-4, 6-7(5–7), 0-6) at 2010 Barcelona

No. 9 ranked players

Timea Bacsinszky 4–3 57% 2–0 2–1 0–2 Loss (6-4, 2-6, 1-6) at 2016 Wimbledon

Madison Keys 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Win (6–1, 2–6, 7-6(8–6)) at 2013 Washington

Andrea Petkovic 2–3 40% 0–2 2–1 0–0 Loss (6-0, 6-7(1–7), 3-6) at 2016 Fed Cup

No. 10 ranked players

Dominika Cibulková 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (4–6, 3-6) at 2008 Los Angeles

Maria Kirilenko 2–2 50% 2–2 0–0 0–0 Loss (3-6, 0-6) at 2012 Dubai

Total 25–79 24.04% 19–59 5–14 1–6 –

Top-10 wins per season[edit]

Season 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Total

Wins 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 4

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score

2011

1. Li Na No. 5 Beijing, China Hard 1st round 6–4, 6–0

2012

2. Vera Zvonareva No. 8 Doha, Qatar Hard 2nd round 7–5, 3–2 ret.

2016

3. Petra Kvitová No. 9 Fed Cup, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Hard (i) RR 6–3, 6–4

2017

4. Johanna Konta No. 7 Beijing, China Hard 1st round 6–1, 6–2

References[edit]

^ a b c d e f g h i j k Monica Niculescu
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Mirza & Niculescu Claim New Haven
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Crown

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