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11 Questions with Carmencita Alexandrescu

By USATT | March 31, 2015, 9 a.m. (ET)

Carmencita Alexandrescu

Carmencita Alexandrescu - USATT Umpire, ITTF certified Coach, and player 

11 Questions with Carmencita Alexandrescu

1. Why do you play? 

I play because I love table tennis so much! I admire players from all around the world and I have lots of respect for their effort and show they put on the table. Table tennis impacts my life in a big positive way including my body and mind. Its the sport my family introduced to me in Romania when I was almost 7 years old. 

2. Wich is your favorite tournament? 

Here in the United States of America my favorite tournament is U.S. Open. Its the type of tournament that brings together different players from all around the world, which you don't get to see much of that in the states. You can see, greet, and talk to top players and feel how small the world really is. You will always learn something positive at this tournament. 

3. Who is your primary nemesis? 

My primary nemesis is myself, sometimes I lose my confidence and my power to go forward. I want the perfection that doesn't exist and I try hard to make my dreams come true. 

4. What is your favorite game tactic to score? 

A very good deception of serve, a good smash and be very focused. Keep the ball on the table some how! :) 

5. Thoughts on the Poly Ball. 

A small difference in the game that doesn't bother me anymore and is easy to adjust. During my lifetime in table tennis I went through many changes of rules and new equipment. Looks like the ball is a little slower and easy to break but great for my finish smash point :) I like when we do some changes in table tennis because we advance so much in everything year after year and the world advances also, so adjustments  for the New Era are welcome any time. 

6. Toughest Loss?

My toughest loss was when I was 12 years old in Romania. I was playing in the final for a national title with my team, and because of the intensity of the game 21-21 in the last game, the encouragement of the crowd and the yelling of my strict coach, my whole body and mind gave up. I fell to my knees at the table and we lost the title because of me. Sad story and I will never forget. I will always feel guilty.

7. Greatest Win? 

Greatest win was when I was playing a crucial game to advance with my team in Belgium super league. Everyone gives you love and encouragement with lots of applause. I was feeling great and powerful. 

8. How you prepare for a tournament? 

Tournaments are important and its the opportunity to show yourself and all your qualities. So I prepare myself with some aerobic exercises and mentally work out and the right nutrition. Some practice for the right serves and multiballs for forehand and backhand to feel sharp. 

9. When you see a new player at the club, what do you do? 

Great question because when I see a new player in the club I will NEVER ask "What is your rating." How everyone mostly ask. I will greet them in a friendly way and introduce them to the players and show them around the club. My conversations will definitely start out about table tennis and the amazing city of Las Vegas. Once they feel comfortable and welcomed then of course play a game of table tennis! 

10. Player you would most like to play in the tournament? 

Because I'm a fan and I consider him the greatest player. I will love to play against Jean-Michel Saive (Belgium) from my generation and from the new generation Bernadette Szöcs (Romania) 

11. If you had to face Jimmy Butler/Lily Zhang/Crystal/ Wang/Kanak Jha what would your game plan be? 

Haha... Love them all!  I would prefer to coach them but If i need to play I will try to play my strong game and I will use all my "tools" that I have in my game and hope they will do some mistakes :)) hahaha