Tennis - Romania's Monica Niculescu has been a regular on the tour for 16 years now and the soon-to-be-31 year old says she has no plans to stop playing right now. Ranked No. 64 in the world, Niculescu is down from her career-best ranking of No.
28. But she says she wants to continue playing for some time yet. Speaking to the ITF, Niculescu says, "Right now I don’t want to quit. If I won’t succeed in singles, I will try to achieve at least the Top 30 in doubles.
Of course, I think about creating a family, about children, but at this moment, it is not a priority for me." The Romanian player is the top seed in this week's $100K ITF event in Khimki, Russia and says although she is the tournament favorite, all players feel the pressure to lose.
"I like being here, I’m training in a similar air-supported construction back home. Its comfortable inside here, great lighting and temperature, there is a canteen on the territory. Basically, everything a player needs for effective training.
It doesn’t matter if you’re seeded or not, the pressure on every player is the same because everybody [has] got something to lose. All players are in the same conditions. [However], I have to go back on the court after a break because of an arm injury, and the first match after a forced pause is always very difficult." She says her goal for this season is secure some more ranking points and arrive for the French Open in good shape.