Romanian tennis player Sorana Cirstea suggests age is just a number for her as she is just focused on enjoying the game and trying to make good results. Cirstea, 31, enjoyed the best results of her career early in her career as she made her lone Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open in 2009.
Cirstea, ranked at No. 38 in the world, achieved a career-high ranking of No. 31 in the August of 2013. Cirstea is enjoying a good week at Melbourne as she has been through to the round-of-16, where she plays Iga Swiatek. "In tennis everyone often mentions your age or how many years ago you got a certain result.
I don’t like this: there is no number that can define me, I enjoy doing what I'm doing and I think that’s all that matters. I still love playing and competing," Cirstea said, as revealed by Mario Boccardi.
Cirstea surprised Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
On Saturday, Cirstea surprised world No. 11 Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 2-6 6-2 to reach the round-of-16 in Melbourne. Cirstea lost her serve in the opening game of the match but responded with back-to-back breaks to take a 3-1 lead.
Pavlyuchenkova got the break back in the fifth game but Cirstea claimed another break in the sixth game and served out for the opener in the ninth game. Pavlyuchenkova bounced back in the second set as she broke Cirstea twice to force a decider.
After easily losing the second set, Cirstea bounced back in the third set as she broke Pavlyuchenkova twice to seal a three-set win. “We know each other since we were 14. That’s a long time. You have to stay sharp, play a little bit of chess because we know each other’s games well.
You have to be smart. It’s not just about forehands and backhands, it’s about the mind as well," Cirstea said after beating Pavlyuchenkova. It remains to be seen if Cirstea can upset Pavlyuchenkova.