While most Romanian tennis fans will be all too aware of who Simona Halep is, Monica Niculescu is a highly impressive professional in her own right. Indeed, as recently as 2017 she had achieved a career-high rating of 11th.
She’s already achieved some hugely impressive results including wins at major tournaments like Wimbledon, when she reached the 2017 Final alongside Chan Hao-ching. This was her first Grand Slam final.
Other impressive wins have come in the past, with the majority of her career performances coming at Doubles level. She’s often partnered the likes of Su-wei Hsieh, the then word number one, and also Simona Halep herself.
Known for having an extremely tight grip of the racket, she also is known for hammering blistering shots at people with her forehand and backhand – most commonly using both hands to really add some major power into her shots.
She’s also known for having a very high first serve percentage, showing her accuracy and poise from the start of a match. It’s that ability and consistency which ensures she stands out for all the right reasons, with big wins across her career against Top 10 opponents showcasing proof she’s one for the big occasion.