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Coached by Calin Ciorbagiu ... Mother is Cristiana and father is Mihai (both engineers); sister is Gabriela... Enjoys music, shopping, movies and fashion ... Favorite cities are Bucharest and New York ... Favorite player is Agassi; admires Federer and Nadal ... Favorite movie is Gladiator; favorite TV show is Friends.

Career Highlights

SINGLES
Winner (3): 2017 - 125/Limoges; 2016 - Luxembourg; 2014 - Guangzhou; 2013 - Florianopolis.
Finalist (6): 2020 - Prague (w/Olaru); 2017 - Hobart; 2016 - Seoul; 2015 - Nottingham; 2012 - Luxembourg; 2011 - Luxembourg.

DOUBLES
Winner (9): 2019 - Hua Hin (w/Begu); 2017 - Biel/Bienne (w/Hsieh); 2016 - Shenzhen (w/King), Washington DC (w/Wickmayer), New Haven (w/Mirza); 2014 - Shenzhen, Hobart (both w/Koukalova); 2012 - Hobart (w/Begu); 2009 - Budapest (w/Kleybanova).
Finalist (17): 2019 - Bronx (w/Gasparyan); 2017 - Wimbledon (w/H. Chan), Cincinnati (w/Hsieh); 2016 - Montréal (w/Halep), Luxembourg (w/Tig); 2015 - Hobart (w/Diatchenko), Wuhan, Moscow (both w/Begu); 2014 - Katowice (w/Koukalova); 2013 - Eastbourne (w/Koukalova); 2012 - Guangzhou (w/Gajdosova), Luxembourg (w/Begu); 2011 - Baku (w/Voskoboeva); 2010 - Hobart (w/Y.Chan), Prague (w/Szavay); 2009 - Stanford (w/Y.Chan); 2008 - New Haven (w/Cirstea).

ADDITIONAL
Romanian Fed Cup Team, 2004-08, 2011, 2014-16, 2019.

Career in Review

2019 – Finished the year ranked No.117; made QF at Shenzhen (l. to Wang Yafan); reached 3r once and 2r four times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r 5 times (incl. Australian Open and US Open) and in qualifying four times; won one WTA doubles title and one singles title on the ITF Circuit.

2018 - Posted ninth successive Top 100 season (finishing No.100); made QF at Hobart (l. to Mertens) and Taipei (l. Lisicki); reached 3r twice and 2r once; fell 1r 12 times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open) and in qualifying three times.

2017 - Eighth consecutive Top 100 season (finishing No.100); runner-up at Hobart (l. to Mertens); QF at Washington DC (l. to Goerges); reached 3r at US Open and 2r four times; fell 1r 12 times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying once; won one WTA 125K Series title; won one WTA doubles title.

2016 - Third non-consecutive Top 40 season (finishing No.39); won third WTA singles title at Luxembourg; R-Up at Seoul (l. to Arruabarrena); reached R16 at Miami (l. to Konta); 3r at Doha (l. to A.Radwanska), Indian Wells (l. to A.Radwanska) and US Open (l. to Wozniacki); 2r nine times (incl. Australian Open and Wimbledon); 1r four times (incl. Madrid and Roland Garros); made 2r at Rio Olympics; fell in WTA qualifying twice; won two WTA doubles titles.

2015 - Second-best season to date (finishing No.39 - finished 2011 at No.30); runner-up at Nottingham (l. to Konjuh in final); SF at Bucharest (l. to Errani); QF twice at Washington DC and Guangzhou; reached 4r once (Wimbledon) and 2r seven times (incl. US Open); fell 1r nine times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying three times; won two singles titles on ITF Circuit; withdrew from Acapulco and Monterrey w/left foot injury.

2014 - Another Top 50 season (finishing No.47); won one WTA title at Guangzhou (d. Cornet in final); SF at Bucharest (l. to Halep); QF three times at Shenzhen, Hobart and Florianopolis; reached 3r twice (incl. Australian Open) and 2r four times (incl. Indian Wells - l. to Makarova 57 76(3) 63; held 1mp at 75 65, Roland Garros - l. to Ormaechea 26 75 62; held mp at 62 54, and US Open); fell 1r nine times (incl. Wimbledon and Monterrey - l. to Morita 64 36 76(1); held 2mp at 5-4 third set) and in qualifying five times; won two WTA doubles titles.

2013 - Another Top 100 season; won one WTA title at Florianopolis (d. Puchkova in final); SF twice at Shenzhen (l. to Koukalova) and Monterrey (l. to Pavlyuchenkova); QF twice at Hobart and Washington DC; reached 2r seven times; fell 1r 10 times (incl. Wimbledon - l. to Barthel 63 46 75; held 3mp at 5-4 third set, and other three majors) and in qualifying twice..

2012 - Another Top 100 season; runner-up at Luxembourg (l. to V.Williams in final); QF at Doha; reached 3r once (Australian Open) and 2r eight times; fell 1r 12 time (incl. other three majors); won one WTA doubles title; won one singles title on ITF Circuit; missed all tournaments between Wimbledon and US Open w/left hand injury (withdrew from Stanford, Carlsbad, Olympics, Montréal, Cincinnati and Dallas).

2011 - First Top 30 season (finishing No.30); runner-up at Luxembourg (l. to Azarenka in final); SF twice at Estoril (l. to Medina Garrigues) and Beijing (l. to Petkovic); reached 4r once (US Open), 3r once (Australian Open) and 2r five times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r five times (incl. Roland Garros) and in qualifying five times; went into US Open ranked No.68 but finished No.30 on November 7 year-end rankings (after last three events at US Open, Beijing and Luxembourg); withdrew from Budapest, Bad Gastein and Tashkent w/abdominal injury.

2010 - Another Top 100 season; SF at Tashkent (l. to Vesnina); reached 2r three times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r five times (incl. Australian Open, US Open) and in qualifying nine times (incl. Roland Garros); won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2009 - Another Top 100 season; QF twice at Strasbourg and Tashkent; reached 2r six times (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r 14 times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying once; won one WTA doubles title; withdrew from Marbella, Barcelona and Bad Gastein w/forearm injury.

2008 - First Top 50 season; QF at Tashkent; reached 2r six times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r eight times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying five times; made Top 100 debut on May 19 (rose from No.111 to No.86) and Top 50 debut on November 10 (rose from No.53 to No.47); won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2007 - Played first WTA main draw at Dubai, falling 1r (as WC, l. to Kirilenko); fell in qualifying six times (incl. all four majors); won three singles titles and four doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

2006 - Fell in WTA qualifying once; won one singles title and five doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

2005 - Played first WTA qualifying at Modena; won four singles titles and four doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

2004 - Won four singles titles and four doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

2003 - Won two singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2002 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit, winning one singles title and one doubles title.