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Twist on Popescu
“I admire and respect Didi’s game because I love the player that shows a quiet fight and confidence in her ability to win matches. I am very pleased that Didi has developed her talent to beat her opponents in a variety of ways!”
Career at UB
Fall 2009: Partnered with Denise Harijanto at the ITA All-American Championships, winning one match and advancing to the second round. Advanced with Harijanto to the quarterfinal round of the ITA Regional Championships as the tandem combined for seven doubles victories in the fall. Earned a first-round bye in singles play at the ITA Regionals and advanced as far as the round of 32, scoring a victories in her two matches.
2008-09: Named to All-MAC Second Team. Finished with a 16-8 overall record and was 14-4 in dual meet play as the number two singles player. Was 5-2 in MAC matches at second singles. Advanced to the semifinals in doubles with Denise Harijanto at the ITA Regionals, the furthest ever for a UB duo. Was named the fifth best doubles team in the East by the ITA.
2007-08: Finished the season 27-5 in singles play and 20-9 in doubles, being named the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year. Teamed with Denise Harojanto at first doubles, going 6-2 in MAC play. Had victories at third singles in all three of UB’s victories at the MAC Tournament, including the MAC Championship victory against Western Michigan. Won her first 11 singles matches as a collegiate athlete before falling in the finals of the Can-Am Tournament. Finished the fall 11-1 in singles and 6-2 in doubles. Won the Army Invitational and took singles and doubles titles at the Bucknell Invitational. Paired up with Denise Harijanto and competed at the ITA Regionals.
Prior to UB
Was a first place finisher at the 2007 Eastern Collegiate Tournament. Was named vice champion of Romania.
Born June 20, 1988. Daughter of Catalin and Mariana Popescu. Has one brother (Octavian). Favorite athlete is Marat Safin. Favorite TV show is The Hills. Greatest athletic influence is Pete Sampras. Majoring in communication.