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Monica Niculescu

Monica Niculescu
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Country (sports) Romania
ResidenceBucharest, Romania
Born (1987-09-25) 25 September 1987 (age 32)
Slatina, Romania
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned proMay 2002
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachC?lin Stelian Ciorbagiu
Prize money$5,998,250
Singles
Career record511-350 (59.3%)
Career titles3 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, 18 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 28 (27 February 2012)
Current rankingNo. 116 (4 November 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2011, 2012, 2014)
French Open2R (2014)
Wimbledon4R (2015)
US Open4R (2011)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2016)
Doubles
Career record441-257 (63.2%)
Career titles8 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, 22 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 11 (2 April 2018)
Current rankingNo. 47 (4 November 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2018)
French OpenQF (2010)
WimbledonF (2017)
US Open3R (2009, 2010, 2016, 2017)
Team competitions
Fed CupSF (2019), 31-21 (59.6%)
Last updated on: 4 November 2019.

Monica Niculescu (born 25 September 1987) is a Romanian professional tennis player. She reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 28 in February 2012, and has three singles titles to her credit on the WTA Tour since she turned pro in May 2002, the last one coming at the end of 2016, at the BGL Luxembourg Open. Although she was a steady top 30 player for several years and enjoyed relative success in singles, she is also a doubles specialist, where she achieved a career-high ranking of No. 11 in April 2018, after partnering with Grand Slam winner and Olympic medalist Andrea Sestini Hlavá?ková at Indian Wells. Her biggest doubles result up to date is reaching her first Grand Slam doubles final at Wimbledon in 2017, alongside Chan Hao-ching. She was also runner-up at three Premier Mandatory events: the 2015 Wuhan Open, with fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, the 2016 Rogers Cup, with former world No. 1 Simona Halep, and the 2017 Cincinnati Open, partnering former world No. 1 in doubles, Hsieh Su-wei.

She is popular among spectators and other players alike for her unconventional style of play, employing an extreme grip as well as two hands for both her forehand and backhand. She is also best known for her trademark forehand-slice, her winning deamenour and her exceptional shot-making abilities at the net. Niculescu currently holds the Open Era record of highest first serve percentage in a year (91%-in 2011, tied with Sara Errani).[1]

Niculescu has defeated many top-ten opponents throughout her career, having 25 wins against top-ten opponents to date.[1]

Niculescu was born in Slatina, Romania, but moved to Bucharest when she was four. She is currently coached by C?lin Stelian Ciorbagiu.[1]

Tennis career

2002-2005: Junior years

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 eleven ITF singles finals, losing only one set:

  • in Bucharest (Aug 2002), 6-1, 7-6 against Tsvetana Pironkova
  • in Cavtat (Apr 2003) 6-4, 6-1 against Darija Jurak
  • in Timi?oara (Aug 2003) 6-2, 6-3 against Veronika Rizhik
  • in Albufeira (Feb 2004) 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 against Irina Kotkina
  • in Portimão (Feb 2004) 6-4, 7-6 against Nadja Pavi?
  • in Bucharest (May 2004) 6-2, 6-2 against Simona Matei
  • in Ia?i (Aug 2004) 7-6, 6-0 against Raluca Olaru
  • in Cairo (Mar 2005) 6-4, 6-2 against Galina Fokina
  • in Ain Alsoukhna (Mar 2005) 6-3, 6-4 against Magdaléna Rybáriková
  • in Antalya (May 2005) 6-2, 6-2 against Ekaterina Dzehalevich
  • and in Coimbra (Aug 2005) 6-3, 6-1 against Aravane Rezaï.

She also won eight out of 14 ITF finals played in doubles as a junior, in most of them partnered by her older sister, Gabriela Niculescu. She played finals in girls' doubles in Roland Garros (2004, paired with M?d?lina 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

Niculescu made her WTA debut in 2006 Istanbul, where she won to then junior Sabine Lisicki but could not pass the third qualification round. In 2007, she continued to play many ITF tournaments, and she also played in qualifications in all four Grand Slam and three other WTA tournaments, but only in 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 Slam tournaments she reached the first round, with round two 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 second in Romania, at the end of 2008.

2009: Setback and out of top 100

Niculescu opened the season at the Brisbane International, where she lost to Tsvetana Pironkova in the first round in three sets.[1] She also lost in the first round of the Moorilla 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 and Mara Santangelo in the second round, 3-6, 3-6.

In the other three Grand Slam events, she did not go past round one 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 in the second. She then took part in the Dubai Tennis Championships. She beat Peng Shuai in the first round in three sets, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, and then lost to world No. 3, Jelena Jankovi?, 3-6, 2-6. Niculescu also partnered Elena Vesnina in doubles, and the two reached the quarterfinals in women's doubles; they lost to Anabel Medina Garrigues and Francesca Schiavone. Niculescu had two consecutive first-round losses, at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (fell to Anna-Lena Grönefeld) and 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 she partnered Kleybanova again, but they lost to second seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual.

Niculescu withdrew from the Andalucía 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

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 and Carla Suárez Navarro, 7-5, 7-5. In the second round, they lost to Cara Black and Liezel Huber, 3-6, 2-6.

At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to Jelena Jankovi?, 4-6, 0-6. In doubles, she partnered Chan Yung-jan and defeated Monique Adamczak and Nicole Kriz, 6-3, 6-1. The pair defeated Alla Kudryavtseva and 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 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 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 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 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 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

At the Australian Open, Niculescu defeated Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3. Facing off against the 32nd seed, 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 in the first round and compatriot Alexandra Dulgheru in the second round, 6-3, 6-0, to advance to the third round of the US Open. In defeating Lucie ?afá?ová, 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 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 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

At the Australian Open, Niculescu made it to the third round by defeating 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 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

Aside two WTA semifinals in Shenzhen and Monterrey, Niculescu won her first singles WTA title in Florianópolis.

She played in round one of all the Grand Slam events, 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

In all, Niculescu had an improving season, reaching round three at Australian Open, round two at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, quarterfinals in Shenzhen, Hobart and Florianópolis, and semifinals in Bucharest. The best result was her winning the 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

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 Shenzhen, Hobart, the Australian Open, Dubai, Prague, and the French Open.[1]

Niculescu won the Marseille clay 100K tournament in June. Shortly thereafter, she defeated first-seeded Agnieszka Radwa?ska 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 at the Nottingham grass tournament to earn a place in the final where she lost to teenager 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 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, Jana ?epelová 6-3, 6-3, and Kristýna Plí?ková 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.[2]

2016: Doubles success

Niculescu reached a career-high ranking of 16 in doubles in July. She partnered with Sania Mirza to win in New Haven.[3]

2017: Wimbledon doubles final and first WTA 125 series crown

She started her season at Shenzhen Open with a victory, defeating Zhang Kailin, but she lost her second match to Wang Qiang.

Niculescu also played at Hobart International, where she made it to the final and lost to Elise Mertens, 3-6, 1-6.

At the Australian Open, she lost to Anna Blinkova in the first round. Then, Niculescu played doubles with Abigail Spears, but they lost in the first round to Andrea Petkovic and Mirjana Lu?i?-Baroni. She won the WTA 125 Series Open at Limoges on November 12.

Playing style

Nicolescu plays right-handed, with powerful topspin backhand and unpredictable forehand slice. She has great volleying ability and great footwork.

Personal life

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 too and attended University of Idaho, after transferring from USC after her junior year.[1]

Monica Niculescu cited Martina Hingis and Andre Agassi as her tennis idols.[1]

Significant finals

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2017 Wimbledon Grass Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Russia Elena Vesnina
0-6, 0-6

Premier-Mandatory/Premier-5 finals

Doubles: 3 (3 runner-ups)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2015 Wuhan Open Hard Romania Irina-Camelia Begu Switzerland Martina Hingis
India Sania Mirza
2-6, 3-6
Loss 2016 Canadian Open Hard Romania Simona Halep Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Russia Elena Vesnina
3-6, 6-7(5-7)
Loss 2017 Cincinnati Open Hard Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Switzerland Martina Hingis
6-4, 4-6, [7-10]

WTA career finals

Singles: 8 (3 titles, 5 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
Tour Championships (0-0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0-0)
Premier (0-0)
International (3-5)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Oct 2011 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg International Hard (i) Belarus Victoria Azarenka 2-6, 2-6
Loss 0-2 Oct 2012 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg International Hard (i) United States Venus Williams 2-6, 3-6
Win 1-2 Brasil Tennis Cup, Brasil International Hard Russia Olga Puchkova 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Win 2-2 Sep 2014 Guangzhou Open, China International Hard France Alizé Cornet 6-4, 6-0
Loss 2-3 Jun 2015 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom International Grass Croatia Ana Konjuh 6-1, 4-6, 2-6
Loss 2-4 Korea Open, South Korea International Hard
Win 3-4 Oct 2016 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg International Hard (i) Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 6-4, 6-0
Loss 3-5 Jan 2017 Hobart International, Australia International Hard Belgium Elise Mertens 3-6, 1-6

Doubles: 26 (9 titles, 17 runner-ups)

Legend (pre/post 2009)
Grand Slam tournaments (0-1)
Tour Championships (0-0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0-3)
Tier II / Premier (1-4)
Tier III, IV & V / International (8-9)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Aug 2008 Connecticut Open, United States Tier II Hard Romania Sorana Cîrstea Czech Republic Kv?ta Peschke
United States Lisa Raymond
6-4, 5-7, [7-10]
Win 1-1 Jul 2009 Hungarian Ladies Open, Hungary International Clay Russia Alisa Kleybanova Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
6-4, 7-6(7-5)
Loss 1-2 Aug 2009 Bank of the West Classic, United States Premier Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
1-6, 4-6
Loss 1-3 Jan 2010 Hobart International, Australia International Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan Czech Republic Kv?ta Peschke
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
6-3, 3-6, [7-10]
Loss 1-4 Jul 2010 Prague Open, Czech Republic International Clay Hungary Ágnes Szávay Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
Italy Tathiana Garbin
5-7, 6-7(4-7)
Loss 1-5 Jul 2011 Baku Cup, Azerbaijan International Hard Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
3-6, 6-2, [8-10]
Win 2-5 Jan 2012 Hobart International, Australia International Hard Romania Irina-Camelia Begu Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
New Zealand Marina Erakovic
6-7(4-7), 7-6(7-4), [10-5]
Loss 2-6 Sep 2012 Guangzhou Open, China International Hard Australia Jarmila Gajdo?ová Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
China Zhang Shuai
6-2, 2-6, [8-10]
Loss 2-7 Oct 2012 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg International Hard (i) Romania Irina-Camelia Begu Czech Republic Andrea Hlavá?ková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
3-6, 4-6
Loss 2-8 Jun 2013 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom Premier Grass Czech Republic Klára Koukalová Russia Nadia Petrova
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
3-6, 3-6
Win 3-8 Jan 2014 Shenzhen Open, China International Hard Czech Republic Klára Koukalová Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok
Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok
6-3, 6-4
Win 4-8 Jan 2014 Hobart International, Australia (2) International Hard Czech Republic Klára Koukalová United States Lisa Raymond
China Zhang Shuai
6-2, 6-7(5-7), [10-8]
Loss 4-9 Apr 2014 Katowice Open, Poland International Hard (i) Czech Republic Klára Koukalová Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer
Ukraine Olga Savchuk
4-6, 7-5, [7-10]
Loss 4-10 Jan 2015 Hobart International, Australia International Hard Russia Vitalia Diatchenko Netherlands Kiki Bertens
Sweden Johanna Larsson
5-7, 3-6
Loss 4-11 Oct 2015 Wuhan Open, China Premier 5 Hard Romania Irina-Camelia Begu Switzerland Martina Hingis
India Sania Mirza
2-6, 3-6
Loss 4-12 Oct 2015 Kremlin Cup, Russia Premier Hard (i) Romania Irina-Camelia Begu Russia Daria Kasatkina
Russia Elena Vesnina
3-6, 7-6(9-7), [5-10]
Win 5-12 Jan 2016 Shenzhen Open, China (2) International Hard United States Vania King China Xu Yifan
China Zheng Saisai
6-1, 6-4
Win 6-12 Jul 2016 Citi Open, United States International Hard Belgium Yanina Wickmayer Japan Shuko Aoyama
Japan Risa Ozaki
6-4, 6-3
Loss 6-13 Jul 2016 Rogers Cup, Canada Premier 5 Hard Romania Simona Halep Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Russia Elena Vesnina
3-6, 6-7(5-7)
Win 7-13 Aug 2016 Connecticut Open, United States Premier Hard India Sania Mirza Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
7-5, 6-4
Loss 7-14 Oct 2016 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg International Hard (i) Romania Patricia Maria ?ig Netherlands Kiki Bertens
Sweden Johanna Larsson
6-4, 5-7, [9-11]
Win 8-14 Apr 2017 Ladies Open Biel Bienne, Switzerland International Hard (i) Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
Switzerland Martina Hingis
5-7, 6-3, [10-7]
Loss 8-15 Jul 2017 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grand Slam Grass Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Russia Elena Vesnina
0-6, 0-6
Loss 8-16 Aug 2017 Cincinnati Open, United States Premier 5 Hard Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Switzerland Martina Hingis
6-4, 4-6, [7-10]
Win 9-16 Feb 2019 Hua Hin Championships, Thailand International Hard Romania Irina-Camelia Begu Russia Anna Blinkova
China Wang Yafan
2-6, 6-1, [12-10]
Loss 9-17 Aug 2019 Bronx Open, United States International Hard Russia Margarita Gasparyan Croatia Darija Jurak
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
5-7, 6-2, [7-10]

WTA 125 series finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Nov 2017 Open de Limoges, France 125K Hard (i) Germany Antonia Lottner 6-4, 6-2

ITF Circuit finals

Singles (19 titles, 5 runner-ups)

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 (1-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Aug 2002 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay Bulgaria Tsvetana Pironkova 6-1, 7-6(7-4)
Win 2-0 Apr 2003 ITF Cavtat, Croatia 10,000 Clay Croatia Darija Jurak 6-4, 6-1
Win 3-0 Aug 2003 ITF Timi?oara, Romania 10,000 Clay Spain Veronica Rizhik 6-2, 6-3
Win 4-0 Feb 2004 ITF Albufeira, Portugal 10,000 Hard Russia Irina Kotkina 6-1, 3-6, 6-0
Win 5-0 Feb 2004 ITF Portimao, Portugal 10,000 Hard Croatia Nadja Pavic 6-4, 7-6(7-4)
Win 6-0 May 2004 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Simona Matei 6-2, 6-2
Win 7-0 Aug 2004 ITF Ia?i, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Raluca Olaru 7-6(7-5), 6-0
Win 8-0 Mar 2005 ITF Cairo, Egypt 10,000 Clay Russia Galina Fokina 6-4, 6-2
Win 9-0 Mar 2005 ITF Ain Sokhna, Egypt 10,000 Clay Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková 6-3, 6-4
Win 10-0 May 2005 ITF Antalya, Turkey 25,000 Clay Belarus Ekaterina Dzehalevich 6-2, 6-2
Win 11-0 Aug 2005 ITF Coimbra, Portugal 25,000 Hard France Aravane Rezaï 6-3, 6-1
Loss 11-1 Jul 2006 ITF Stuttgart, Germany 25,000 Clay Ukraine Yevgenia Savranska 6-7(4-7), 5-7
Loss 11-2 Jul 2006 ITF Darmstadt, Germany 25,000 Clay Romania Magda Mihalache 0-6, 1-6
Loss 11-3 Aug 2006 ITF Coimbra, Portugal 25,000 Hard Republic of Ireland Kelly Liggan 0-6, 6-7(7-9)
Win 12-3 Sep 2007 ITF Granada, Spain 25,000 Hard Spain María José Martínez Sánchez 6-3, 6-4
Win 13-3 Oct 2007 ITF Istanbul, Turkey 25,000 Hard (i) Ukraine Oxana Lyubtsova 6-2, 6-0
Win 14-3 Nov 2007 ITF Port Pirie, Australia 25,000 Hard Chinese Taipei Hwang I-hsuan 6-1, 6-2
Win 15-3 Nov 2007 ITF Mount Gambier, Australia 25,000 Hard South Korea Lee Ye-ra 6-3, 6-1
Loss 15-4 Nov 2008 ITF Krakow, Poland 100,000 Hard (i) United Kingdom Anne Keothavong 6-7(4-7), 6-4, 3-6
Loss 15-5 Jul 2010 ITF Pétange, Luxembourg 100,000 Clay France Mathilde Johansson 3-6, 3-6
Win 16-5 Nov 2012 ITF Nantes, France 50,000 Hard (i) Kazakhstan Yulia Putintseva 6-2, 6-3
Win 17-5 Jun 2015 ITF Marseille, France 100,000 Clay France Pauline Parmentier 6-2, 7-5
Win 18-5 Nov 2015 ITF Poitiers, France 100,000 Hard (i) France Pauline Parmentier 7-5, 6-2
Win 19-5 Jun 2019 ITF Ilkley, United Kingdom 100,000 Grass Hungary Tímea Babos 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Doubles: 37 (21 titles, 16 runner-ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (4-3)
Clay (17-13)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Aug 2002 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Bulgaria Radoslava Topalova
Bulgaria Virginia Trifonova
4-6, 6-3, 3-6
Win 1-1 Aug 2002 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Czech Republic Iveta Gerlová
Germany Nina Nittinger
6-2, 6-2
Loss 1-2 Mar 2003 ITF Makarska, Croatia 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Austria Stefanie Haidner
Austria Daniela Klemenschits
6-3, 6-7(7-9), 4-6
Win 2-2 Mar 2003 ITF Makarska, Croatia 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Croatia Darija Jurak
Slovakia Maria Jedlicková
6-2, 6-2
Loss 2-3 Apr 2003 ITF Dubrovnik, Croatia 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Bosnia and Herzegovina Mervana Jugi?-Salki?
Croatia Darija Jurak
2-6, 6-4, 2-6
Loss 2-4 Aug 2003 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Russia Anna Bastrikova
Russia Elena Vesnina
4-6, 4-6
Loss 2-5 Aug 2003 ITF Timi?oara, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Hungary Julia Acs
Russia Vasilisa Davydova
4-6, 3-6
Win 3-5 May 2004 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Romania Lenore Lazaroiu
Romania Andra Savu
6-4, 6-2
Win 4-5 Jul 2004 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Romania Liana Ungur
United States Iris Ichim
6-4, 6-1
Win 5-5 Aug 2004 ITF Târgu Mure?, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Romania Simona Matei
Hungary Barbara Pócza
7-5, 6-1
Win 6-5 Aug 2004 ITF Ia?i, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Austria Nadine Schlotterer
Czech Republic Eva Valková
7-5, 6-1
Win 7-5 Mar 2005 ITF Cairo, Egypt 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Ukraine Hanna Andreyeva
Ukraine Valeria Bondarenko
6-2, 6-3
Win 8-5 Mar 2005 ITF Ain Sokhna, Egypt 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Romania Laura-Ramona Husaru
Germany Sarah Raab
6-1, 6-1
Loss 8-6 Apr 2005 ITF Civitavecchia, Italy 25,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Czech Republic Sandra Záhlavová
4-6, 3-6
Win 9-6 May 2005 ITF Antalya, Turkey 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Ukraine Irina Buryachok
Russia Olga Panova
6-3, 6-4
Win 10-6 May 2005 ITF Antalya, Turkey 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Czech Republic Renata Kucerková
Germany Kathrin Woerle
6-7, 6-0, 6-0
Loss 10-7 Oct 2005 ITF Sevilla, Spain 25,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Italy Sara Errani
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
2-6, 6-7(5-7)
Loss 10-8 Apr 2006 ITF Athens, Greece 25,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Poland Olga Brózda
Estonia Margit Rüütel
6-2, 4-6, 2-6
Win 11-8 May 2006 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Romania Diana Buzean
6-3, 6-0
Win 12-8 Jun 2006 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Romania Raluca Ciulei
Serbia Neda Kozic
6-2, 6-1
Win 13-8 Jul 2006 ITF Stuttgart, Germany 25,000 Clay Czech Republic Renata Vorá?ová Slovakia Eva Fislová
Slovakia Stanislava Hrozenská
6-2, 6-7(4-7), 7-5
Win 14-8 Jul 2006 ITF Darmstadt, Germany 25,000 Clay Ukraine Yevgenia Savranska Austria Daniela Klemenschits
Austria Sandra Klemenschits
1-6, 6-0, 6-1
Win 15-8 Sep 2006 ITF Mestre, Italy 50,000 Clay Czech Republic Renata Vorá?ová Georgia (country) Margalita Chakhnashvili
Germany Tatjana Maria
6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Win 16-8 Apr 2007 ITF Putignano, Italy 25,000 Hard Slovenia Andreja Klepa? United States Jessica Kirkland
Germany Carmen Klaschka
6-2, 7-5
Loss 16-9 Jul 2006 ITF Jounieh, Lebanon 75,000 Clay Romania Madalina Gojnea Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
Belarus Anastasiya Yakimova
7-5, 6-0
Win 17-9 Jul 2007 ITF Darmstadt, Germany 25,000 Clay Belarus Ekaterina Dzehalevich United States Hilary Barte
Germany Tatjana Priachin
6-4, 7-5
Loss 17-10 Jul 2007 ITF Bucharest, Romania 25,000 Clay Belarus Ekaterina Dzehalevich Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Romania Ágnes Szatmári
6-0, 4-6, ret.
Loss 17-11 Sep 2007 ITF Madrid, Spain 25,000 Clay Ukraine Yevgenia Savranska Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja
6-1, 6-7(4-7)
Loss 17-12 Jul 2007 ITF Granada, Spain 25,000 Clay Romania Alexandra Dulgheru Spain Marta Marrero
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
4-6, 1-6
Win 18-12 Nov 2007 ITF Mount Gambier, Australia 25,000 Hard Germany Antonia Matic Australia Sophie Ferguson
Australia Trudi Musgrave
5-7, 6-3, [10-8]
Win 19-12 Dec 2007 ITF Dubai, UAE 75,000 Hard New Zealand Marina Erakovic Ukraine Yuliana Fedak
Russia Anna Lapushchenkova
7-6(7-1), 6-4
Loss 19-13 Oct 2008 ITF Poitiers, France 100,000 Hard (i) Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Czech Republic Lucie ?afá?ová
4-6, 4-6
Loss 19-14 Oct 2008 ITF Bratislava, Slovakia 100,000 Hard (i) Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova Czech Republic Andrea Hlavá?ková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
6-7(1-7), 1-6
Loss 19-15 Jul 2010 ITF Biarritz, France 100,000 Clay Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino Canada Sharon Fichman
Germany Julia Görges
5-7, 4-6
Win 20-15 Jul 2010 ITF Pétange, Luxembourg 100,000 Clay Canada Sharon Fichman France Sophie Lefèvre
France Laura Thorpe
6-4, 6-2
Loss 20-16 Oct 2013 ITF Poitiers, France 100,000 Hard (i) United States Christina McHale Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
6-7(5-7), 6-2
Win 21-16 Nov 2015 ITF Poitiers, France 100,000 Hard (i) Romania Andreea Mitu France Stéphanie Foretz
France Amandine Hesse
6-7(5-7), 7-6(7-2), [10-8]

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic Games are included in win-loss records.

This table is current through the 2019 China Open.

Doubles

Updated up to end of 2019

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 3R 2R QF 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R SF 3R 17-11
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 F 3R 3R 17-12
US Open A 2R 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 3R 2R 1R 12-12
Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 3-3 7-4 8-4 4-4 5-4 4-4 4-4 3-4 2-3 7-3 7-3 4-3 58-43
Year-end championship
WTA Tour Championships Did Not Qualify 0-0
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH A NH A NH 1R NH 0-1
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells A QF 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R QF 2R 8-11
Miami A 1R 2R 2R SF 1R 2R QF SF 1R 1R QF 13-11
Madrid NH NH NH 2R A 1R 2R A 2R 1R 1R 2R A 4-7
Beijing Tier Tier Tier A 1R 1R A 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 3-7
Premier-5 tournaments
Dubai not Premier 5 QF A 2R NP5 QF NP5 A NP5 1R 5-4
Doha A QF NH NP5 1R A NP5 2R NP5 A NP5 3-3
Rome A 1R QF 2R 2R SF 1R A 7-6
Cincinnati A 1R SF QF 1R A 1R 1R 1R QF F 1R A 11-10
Montreal/Toronto A 1R 1R SF 2R A F 2R 1R A 9-6
Tokyo A 1R A NP5 0-1
Wuhan NH 1R F A 2R A 4-2
Year-end ranking 159 131 35 30 30 50 27 70 38 33 19 23 48

WTA Tour career earnings

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 ? [1] ? [2]
2006 0 0 0 ? [3][permanent dead link] ? [4][permanent dead link]
2007 0 0 0 ? [5][permanent dead link] ? [6][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 ? [7]
2016* 0 0 0 335,909 37
Career* 0 2 2 3,480,360 97

*as of 23 May 2016

Head-to-head record against top-ten players

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
Russia Maria Sharapova 1-0 100% 1-0 0-0 0-0 Won (4-6, 6-4, 6-3) at Doha 2018
Belarus Victoria Azarenka 0-5 0% 0-4 0-1 0-0 Loss (1-6, 4-6) at 2013 Australian Open
Germany Angelique Kerber 1-3 25% 1-3 0-0 0-0 Loss (6-0, 1-6, 2-6) at 2013 Linz
Belgium Kim Clijsters 0-1 0% 0-0 0-0 0-1 Loss (5-7, 5-7) at 2011 's-Hertogenbosch
Serbia Ana Ivanovic 0-2 0% 0-1 0-1 0-0 Loss (5-7, 3-6) at 2012 Linz
Serbia Jelena Jankovi? 2-5 29% 2-4 0-1 0-0 Win (3-6, 6-4, 7-5) at 2016 Doha
France Amélie Mauresmo 0-1 0% 0-1 0-0 0-0 Loss (1-6, 2-6) at 2009 Paris
United States Serena Williams 0-2 0% 0-2 0-0 0-0 Loss (4-6, 1-6) at 2015 Miami
United States Venus Williams 0-1 0% 0-1 0-0 0-0 Loss (2-6, 3-6) at 2012 Luxembourg
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 0-6 0% 0-6 0-0 0-0 Loss (3-6, 1-6) at 2013 Luxembourg
No. 2 ranked players
Romania Simona Halep 0-2 0% 0-0 0-2 0-0 Loss (2-6, 6-4, 1-6) at 2014 Bucharest
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 1-2 33% 1-0 0-1 0-1 Loss (6-2, 6-7(5-7), 2-6) at 2016 Stuttgart
China Na Li 1-1 50% 1-1 0-0 0-0 Loss (5-7, 6-4, 4-6 ) at 2012 Shenzhen
Poland Agnieszka Radwa?ska 1-4 20% 0-4 0-0 1-0 Loss (1-6, 5-7) at 2016 Montréal
Russia 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
Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 1-1 50% 1-1 0-0 0-0 Win (6-2, 2-1 ret.) at 2013 Monterrey
Italy Francesca Schiavone 0-4 0% 0-3 0-1 0-0 Loss (3-6, 5-7) at 2012 Stuttgart
Australia Samantha Stosur 0-7 0% 0-7 0-0 0-0 Loss (3-6, 2-6) at 2015 Beijing
No. 5 ranked players
Russia Anna Chakvetadze 1-1 50% 1-1 0-0 0-0 Loss (0-6, 4-6) at 2012 Hobart
Italy Sara Errani 1-4 20% 1-2 0-2 0-0 Loss (7-5, 1-6, 2-6) at 2015 Bucharest
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 1-0 100% 1-0 0-0 0-0 Win (6-1, 6-3) at 2012 Luxembourg
Czech Republic Lucie ?afá?ová 2-0 100% 2-0 0-0 0-0 Win (6-2, 6-0) at 2012 Beijing
No. 6 ranked players
Italy Flavia Pennetta 0-3 0% 0-2 0-0 0-1 Loss (1-6, 4-6) at 2015 US Open
Spain 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
France Marion Bartoli 0-1 0% 0-1 0-0 0-0 Loss (6-2, 3-6, 2-6) at 2011 Indian Wells
Czech Republic Karolína Plí?ková 2-1 67% 2-1 0-0 0-0 Loss (4-6, 6-4, 3-6) at 2016 Fed Cup
Switzerland Patty Schnyder 0-1 0% 0-1 0-0 0-0 Loss (1-6, 5-7) at 2008 Montréal
Italy 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
Russia Ekaterina Makarova 1-4 20% 0-3 1-1 0-0 Loss (7-5, 6-7(3-7), 3-6) at 2014 Indian Wells
Australia 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
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky 4-3 57% 2-0 2-1 0-2 Loss (6-4, 2-6, 1-6) at 2016 Wimbledon
United States Madison Keys 1-0 100% 1-0 0-0 0-0 Win (6-1, 2-6, 7-6(8-6)) at 2013 Washington
Germany 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
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 0-1 0% 0-1 0-0 0-0 Loss (4-6, 3-6) at 2008 Los Angeles
Russia 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

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. China Li Na No. 5 Beijing, China Hard 1st round 6-4, 6-0
2012
2. Russia Vera Zvonareva No. 8 Doha, Qatar Hard 2nd round 7-5, 3-2 ret.
2016
3. Czech Republic Petra Kvitová No. 9 Fed Cup, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Hard (i) RR 6-3, 6-4
2017
4. United Kingdom Johanna Konta No. 7 Beijing, China Hard 1st round 6-1, 6-2

References

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