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Coached by Darren Cahill; co-coach is Artemon-Apostu Efremov ... Aggressive baseliner who likes all surfaces ... Speaks Romanian, English ... Enjoys music, movies and handball ... Favorite food is pasta; favorite drink is orange juice ... Favorite city is Paris; favorite tournament is Roland Garros ... Tennis idols are Justine Henin and Roger Federer.
Winner (20): 2020 - Dubai; 2019 - Wimbledon; 2018 - Shenzhen, Roland Garros, Montréal; 2017 - Madrid; 2016 - Madrid, Bucharest, Montréal; 2015 - Shenzhen, Dubai, Indian Wells; 2014 - Doha, Bucharest; 2013 - Nürnberg, 's-Hertogenbosch, Budapest, New Haven, Moscow, Sofia.
Finalist (17): 2019 - Doha, Madrid; 2018 - Australian Open, Rome, Cincinnati; 2017 - Rome, Roland Garros, Cincinnati, Beijing; 2015 - Toronto, Cincinnati; 2014 - Madrid, Roland Garros, WTA Finals; 2012 - Brussels; 2011 - Fès; 2010 - Fès.
Winner (1): 2018 - Shenzhen (w/Begu).
Finalist (1): 2016 - Montréal (w/Niculescu).
Romanian Fed Cup Team, 2010, 2012, 2014-19; Romanian Olympic Team, 2012.
Career in Review
2019 - Posted sixth straight Top 5 season (finishing No.4); won second Grand Slam title, at Wimbledon (d. S.Williams in F); runner-up twice at Doha (l. to Mertens) and Madrid (l. to Bertens); SF at Miami (l. Ka.Pliskova); QF four times at Dubai (l. to Bencic), Roland Garros (l. to Anisimova), Eastbourne (l. to Kerber) and Toronto (l. to Bouzkova); reached 4r twice (incl. Australian Open), 3r twice and 2r four times (incl. US Open); fell in RR stage at WTA Finals (went 1-2).
2018 - Second No.1 season; won maiden Grand Slam title, at Roland Garros (d. Stephens in final), and two other WTA titles at Shenzhen (d. Siniakova in final) and Montréal (d. Stephens in final); runner-up three times at Australian Open (l. to Wozniacki), Rome (l. to Svitolina) and Cincinnati (l. to Bertens); SF twice at Doha (w/o) and Indian Wells (l. Osaka); QF three times; reached 3r twice (incl. Wimbledon); fell 2r once and 1r on two occasions at US Open; won one WTA doubles title.
2017 - First No.1 season; won one WTA title, defending Madrid (d. Mladenovic in final); runner-up four times at Rome (l. to Svitolina), Roland Garros (l. Ostapenko), Cincinnati (l. Muguruza) and Beijing (l. Garcia); SF twice at Stuttgart (l. to Siegemund) and Toronto (l. Svitolina); QF five times (incl. Wimbledon); reached 3r once and 2r twice; fell 1r on two occasions at Australian Open an US Open; fell in RR stage at WTA Finals (went 1-2); rose to No.1 for first time on October 9 (after Beijing).
2016 - Posted third straight Top 5 season (finishing No.4); won three WTA titles at Madrid (d. Cibulkova in final), Bucharest (d. Sevastova in final) and Montréal (d. Keys in final); SF three times at Sydney (l. Kuznetsova), Cincinnati (l. Kerber) and Wuhan (l. Kvitova); QF four times at Indian Wells (l. S.Williams), Miami (l. Bacsinszky), Wimbledon (l. eventual R-Up Kerber) and US Open (l. S.Williams); reached R16 once (Roland Garros), 3r once and 2r four times; fell 1r once (Australian Open); fell in RR stage at WTA Finals (went 1-2).
2015 - Best season to date (finishing No.2); won three WTA titles at Shenzhen (d. Bacsinszky in final), Dubai (d. Ka.Pliskova in final) and Indian Wells (d. Jankovic in final); runner-up twice at Toronto (retired vs. Bencic in final w/heat illness) and Cincinnati (l. to S.Williams in final); SF four times at Miami (l. to S.Williams), Stuttgart (l. to Wozniacki), Rome (l. to Suárez Navarro) and US Open (l. to Pennetta); QF three times at Australian Open (l. to Makarova), Birmingham (l. to Mladenovic) and Guangzhou (l. to Allertova); reached 3r once and 2r once (Roland Garros); fell 1r three times (incl. Wimbledon); fell in RR stage at WTA Finals (went 1-2).
2014 - First Top 10 season (finishing No.3); won two WTA titles at Doha (d. Kerber in final) and Bucharest (d. Vinci in final); runner-up three times at Madrid (l. to Sharapova in final), Roland Garros (first Grand Slam final; l. to Sharapova) and WTA Finals (d. S.Williams in RR to become first Romanian in WTA history to beat a World No.1; l. to S.Williams in final); SF twice at Indian Wells (l. to A.Radwanska) and Wimbledon (l. to Bouchard); QF three times at Australian Open (l. to Cibulkova), Cincinnati and Beijing; reached 3r twice (incl. US Open) and 2r four times; fell 1r three times; having started the year at No.11, made Top 10 debut on January 27 (after Australian Open; rose from No.11 to No.10), Top 5 debut on March 17 (after Indian Wells; rose from No.7 to No.5) and set career-high No.2 on August 11 (before Halep, highest-ranked Romanian in WTA history was Spirlea at No.7).
2013 - Near-Top 10 season (finishing No.11); went 7-9 in first nine WTA main draws, reaching 3r once and 2r five times but falling 1r three times (incl. Australian Open) and in qualifying once; went 43-8 in next 14 WTA main draws, highlighted by first six WTA titles at Nürnberg (d. Petkovic in final), 's-Hertogenbosch (d. Flipkens in final), Budapest (d. Meusburger in final), New Haven (d. Kvitova in final), Moscow and Sofia (d. Stosur in both finals); also SF at Rome (l. to S.Williams) and QF at Cincinnati (l. to S.Williams); reached 4r once (US Open), 3r once and 2r twice (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r twice (incl. Roland Garros); made Top 20 debut on August 26 (after New Haven; rose from No.23 to No.19) and peaked at No.11 on November 4 year-end rankings (after winning Sofia).
2012 - First Top 50 season; runner-up at Brussels (l. to A.Radwanska in final); SF at Fès (l. to Bertens); QF twice; reached 3r three times and 2r six times (incl. US Open); fell 1r 11 times (incl. other three majors and Olympics).
2011 - Near-Top 50 season (finishing No.53); runner-up at Fès (l. to Brianti in final); QF once; reached 3r once (Australian Open) and 2r eight times (incl. other three majors); fell 1r 11 times (incl. Bad Gastein - l. to Bammer 46 75 76(6); held mp at 6-5 in third set tie-break) and in qualifying twice; made Top 50 debut on September 12 (after US Open; rose from No.53 to No.42).
2010 - First Top 100 season; runner-up at Fès (l. to Benesova in final); QF once; reached 2r twice (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r five times (incl. US Open) and in qualifying eight times (incl. other two majors); made Top 100 debut on July 12 (rose from No.111 to No.96).
2009 - Played first WTA qualifying at Paris [Indoors] and Roland Garros (both as WC); won one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2008 - Won three singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2007 - Won two singles titles and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2006 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit in Romania.