Tennis: Monica Niculescu qualifies for Wimbledon ladies' doubles final

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The pairing made up of Romanian tennis player Monica Niculescu and Taiwanese Hao-Ching Chan qualified on Friday for the final of the ladies' doubles event in Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the year, after they defeated Makoto Ninomiya (Japan)/Renata Voracova (the Czech Republic) in three sets, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 9-7.

Niculescu and Chan, seeded 9th, won at the end of a dramatic match, with unexpected turns of events, that lasted three hours and one minute.

Niculescu set this week her best performance so far in a doubles event in a Grand Slam tournament, after the quarterfinals at Roland Garros (2010) and Australian Open (2012). Last year, Monica lost in the first round in Wimbledon.

The Niculescu/Chan pairing secured a 200,000-GBP cheque and 1,300 WTA points.

Niculescu and Chan will face in the final second seeded Russian couple Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina, who, in the semifinals, defeated 12th seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Germany)/Kveta Peschke (the Czech Republic) in two sets, 7-5, 6-2. AGERPRES (RO — editor: Mircea Lazaroniu; EN — editor: Adina Panaitescu)

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