Miheala Sorana Cîrstea is a female Romanian professional tennis player. She was born on April 7, 1990 to father, Mihai, and mother, Liliana. She has a younger brother, Mihnea, who is five years her junior, and she is coached by Alina Tecsor. Her mother introduced Cîrstea to tennis when she was just 4 years old.
Cîrstea turned pro in 2006, however, prior to turning pro, she already had participated in certain ITF Circuit events, and even won some titles to boot. In 2004, she played her first events and in turn won two doubles titles. By 2005, she continued to play on the ITF Circuit, managing to win one title in singles and two titles for doubles.
On her debut year, she made it to the Tour main draw at Stockholm, but she fell in 1r. However, in the ITF Circuit of that year, she won two titles for singles, and another two titles for doubles.
The year 2007 brought her close to a Top 100 finish. Highlighting that year, Cîrstea had breakthrough performances at Bali and Budapest. In the ITF Circuit, she won another singles title, and notched up two doubles titles. In September 17 of the said year, Cîrstea’s rankings rose from No. 137 to No. 109, and then rose again to No. 106 in November 12 of the same year.
It was in 2009 that Cirstea reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinals, unfortunately, she struggled with her form during the following year. During her struggles, her ranking dropped, but she was able to recover and gain momentum in 2011. By 2012, Cirstea was able to reach the Top 30 in ranks, and the following year, she was able to reach her career highest rank at No. 21.
While she was successful at the Fed Cup and she achieved a world ranking number 93, Cirstea was reported to be suffering from several injuries in 2014. These injuries affected her form and she was out of the top 100 by the next season. She was able to improve her performance in 2016 with her first Premier Mandatory quarterfinals and a return to the top 100 rankings.
Throughout the course of her professional career, Cîrstea has a record of 416-308 in singles, while she has 144-117 in doubles. She is currently ranked at No. 93 as of April 29, 2018 and has 1 WTA and 8 ITF titles in singles. She does have 5 WTA titles and 9 ITF titles in doubles. Although she has yet to win a Grand Slam title, Cirstea has reached as far as the quarterfinals of the 2009 French Open.
Player Statistics:• 416–308 (69.76%) career record – singles• 1 Women’s Tennis Association career titles - singles• 8 International Tennis Federation career titles – singles• 144–117 (55.2%) career record - doubles• 5 Women’s Tennis Association career titles - doubles• 9 International Tennis Federation career titles – doubles