Alexandra Dulgheru went through difficult times in the last years. The Romanian tennis player had three surgeries since 2015 and dropped in the rankings. Her sponsorship contracts had also ended and so Dulgheru sought help from the seven-time Major winner Venus Williams, who owns the Eleven clothing line. In an interview to Treizecizero.ro, Dulgheru said: 'After the first surgery, I had no sponsor and nobody was interested in working with me because my ranking was so low. So I talked to Venus, because I had seen other players dressed in Eleven and asked if she could send me some clothes. She sent me a bag from Rome and then she kept doing it for the rest of the year. Her clothes are very pretty and I always showed her pictures from my matches. After a year, when I got a contract with Sergio Tacchini, I told her and she was fine with it, because her brand only offers the clothes, without contracts. I like her and I respect her a lot as a player.'
Dulgheru played Wimbledon losing to Venus in three sets. Bad times seems to be behind her. 'I’m happy that I’m fit and my knee is holding up well, this is what matters most. It’s never going to be the same, I will need to do recovery work every day and take medication to manage the pain, but I can play,' Dulgheru admitted.