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  Cristina Popescu
Cristina Popescu

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Montreal, Canada

High School:
Ecole Secondarie

Last College:
Georges-Vanier

Height:
6-0

Hand:
Right-Handed

Overview — Has missed much of the last two years with injuries …?Shot-maker with great instincts … Great backcourt player … Possesses a big forehand and excellent one-handed backhand … Moves well … If healthy, can play at the top of the UCLA lineup.
Fall 2000 — Did not see any action.
1999-2000 — Injured for most of 2000 with a knee injury …?Played in four doubles matches, going 1-3 …?Reached the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Invitational in doubles with partner Zana Zlebnik … Did not compete in the fall while recovering from injury suffered in the spring …?Earned a preseason ranking of No. 14 in singles.
1998-1999 — Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection … Reached the third round of the All-American Championships, losing to Stanford’s Marissa Irvin, 6-4, 6-1 … Advanced to the ITA Regional Finals, dropping a tough three-setter to Ditta Huber of USC, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 … Totaled a 7-2 singles record during fall tournaments … Finished the season with a 15-5 overall record …?UCLA’s No. 1 singles player until suffering an injury against USC on Mar. 3 …?Registered a 7-2 mark at the No. 1 position …?Extended No. 1-ranked Zuzana Lesenarova of USD to three sets in a dual match on Jan. 23, before falling, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 …?Posted two big wins at the Women’s National Indoor Tennis Championships …?Defeated No. 11 Vanessa Castellano of Georgia, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 and No. 10 Michelle Dasso of Notre Dame, 7-5, 6-1 …?All five losses came against ranked opponents …?Owned a five-match win streak before her injury …?Teamed with several players in doubles, seeing most of her action with Petya Marinova to go 8-1 …?Owned a 10-4 overall doubles mark.
1997-1998 — Named the ITA West Region Rookie of the Year and West Region Player to Watch … Earned second-team All-Pac-10 Conference honors … Listed No. 33 in the nation in final ITA singles rankings … Selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships as a rookie … Lost in the second round to Mirela Vladulescu of Alabama-Birmingham … Started season playing in the No. 3 slot … Shoulder injury forced her to miss five dual matches (from 1/30-2/20), then compete in the No. 5 and 4 slots while resorting to an underhand serve in several matches after her return … Recovered enough to take over in the No. 2 position on Feb. 28 (still using underhand serve occasionally) … Registered a 10-6 record in the No. 2 slot and a 15-8 dual-match slate in five positions … Posted a 21-12 overall record … Won all three singles matches and only doubles match completed during team NCAA Regional competition … Went 10-4 at neutral sites … Posted a 7-10 slate against opponents ranked at match time … Won first three singles matches of collegiate career, as she advanced through qualifying play of All-American Championships … Went 3-2 in fall singles play … In doubles action, paired with four different partners for a 15-13 overall record … Registered a 9-9 record in doubles dual matches … Played primarily in the No. 3 doubles position with Brandi Freudenberg going 5-5 in duals and 7-6 overall … Ranked No. 23 in preseason doubles with Amanda Basica … Won first three doubles matches, advancing through qualifying rounds of the Riviera All-American Championships.
High School / Juniors — Canadian National Champion at the under 14, 16 and 18 levels … Member of Canadian Fed Cup Team … Highest ITF World Junior ranking of No. 4 came in April 1997 … Highest WTA ranking of No. 437 came in April 1996 … Concluded 1996 with a final ITF ranking of No. 9 … Registered wins over the No. 124 and No. 140 WTA ranked players … Most impressive tournament victories include the U16 International Tennis Tournament in La Baule, France in 1995 then in 1996, the U18 ITF group 2 in Florence, Italy and the U18 ITF group 1, Repentigny, Canada … Reached the quarterfinals at Rolland Garros U18 group A in Paris, France in 1996 … A semifinalist at the U18 group A, Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia in 1997 … Reached the semifinals in doubles of the Australian and French Opens in 1997 …Attended Ecole Secondarie Georges-Vanier.
Personal — Full name is Mihaela Cristina Popescu Faurei … Born Dec. 20, 1979 in Bucharest, Romania … Only child of Sanda Iordan and Mihai Popescu … Admires Steffi Graf … Enjoys going to movies, reading, shopping and cooking … A business-economics major with a minor in accounting.


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