Three WTA tournaments were held
last week in Asia; one in Hiroshima, Japan, and two others in the Chinese
cities of Zhengzhou and Nanchang. Romanian tennis player Mihaela Buzarnescu
made it to the semifinals of the Japanese tournament, also winning the Athlete
of the Week title, our radio station grants to the best performance obtained by
Romanian athletes that week.
In Hiroshima, Buzarnescu first
outperformed Viktoria Tomova of Bulgaria in two sets 6-1, 6-4, then took on a
local, Kurumy Nara who entered the main board thanks to a wildcard. The
Romanian also won the game 7-6, 7-5. In the quarterfinals the Romanian was
pitted against third-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.
Buzarnescu put on an excellent show
and won again in two sets 6-4, 7-5. The Romanian was up against Japanese Nao
Hibino who had come after a win against the odds-on favourite Su-Wei Hsieh.
Our athlete won the first set 6-4,
but Hibino made a spectacular comeback and took the second set 6-0 and the last
one 6-3. In spite of this defeat, the tournament in Hiroshima, is Buzarnescu's
best performance so far this year, which pushed her 24 places in the world
standings right to the 101st position.
Mihaela Buzarnescu was born in Bucharest
in 1988 and made her debut in professional tennis in 2004, at the age of 16.
Her best performance as a junior was in 2006 when she won the doubles of the US
Open together with another Romanian, Raluca Olaru.
2018 proved to be the best year in her career
when she made it to the 20th position in the world ranking in
singles competitions and 24th in double contests. In 2016 the
athlete took her PhD in Physical Education and Sport with a thesis on 'Ways of
Optimizing Tennis Performances in Junior Players.
(translated by bill)