Tennis has a habit of producing these extra-ordinary stories. Moments of pure inspiration and one lady who has been on the rise over the last 12 months is Mihaela Buzarnescu.
A year ago Mihaela was ranked outside the world’s top 250 and now at the age of 30 is playing her best tennis of her career.
I’ve watched quite a bit of Buzarnescu this year and she deserves the plaudits coming her way.
Life on the tennis tour can be quite tricky to earn a living and compete is a challenge for all players starting off but hard work and determination make it worthwhile.
Mihaela missed a lot of tennis through injuries and countless surgeries meaning she was away from the game for some time and during this time she decided to go back to school where she graduated with a doctorate at the National Academy of Physical Education of Sport at the end of 2016.
This year Mihaela has made the final in Hobart and Prague and was impressive at Roland Garros as well and in just what is remarkably her second tour grass tournament she was incredible to watch in Birmingham.
Her strong serve and her aggression from the baseline mixed it with her defensive capabilities and how she changes defence into attack in mille-seconds is what has made her a joy to watch.
After her win against Elina Svitolina at Birmingham the crowd drew a line awaiting the Romanian for autographs and selfies, luckily I got one.
She was so down to earth and grateful thanking everyone for their support.
During her post match interview she spoke about how she always believed in herself and that her team believed in her and she just continued which is a lesson to us all in life.
She spoke about how in her country they wanted everyone to play right handed and write right handed etc.… however she is left handed and her father said this is how she will play.
Mihaela was voted as breakthrough player not long ago and as an older player I feel it has more relevance and recognition.
Mihaela loves playing tennis and crowds love watching her!
This year will be the first of her in the main draw at Wimbledon and with her game so relaxed on grass she can cause some trouble!