The Romanian tennis player Irina Begu won the WTA tournament in Palermo,
with more than 200,000 euro in prize money. In the final, on Sunday, she beat the Italian
Lucia Bronzetti, 6-2, 6-2. The Romanian thus added the fifth WTA title in her
career, after the one she won five years ago, in Bucharest. For the success in
Sicily, Begu was rewarded, according to Agerpres, with 26,770 euros and 280 WTA
points. At last year's edition in Palermo, the Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse was
defeated in the final by the American player Danielle Collins. Until Sunday,
the only Romanian player who had won the Palermo tournament was Irina Spârlea,
in 1994 and 1995.
The World Fencing Championships ended in Cairo on Saturday. The Romanian
athletes won two bronze medals, both in individual competitions. Iulian
Teodosiu calimed the third step of the podium in saber, and Maria Boldor, in
The World Athletics Championships ended on Sunday, in Eugene, in the
American state of Oregon. Romania was represented by 8 athletes, of which four
in the male and four in the female competitions. Bianca Ghelber ranked sixth in
hammer throw, Alin Firfirică came in 7th in discus throw, and Daniela Stanciu
ranked tenth in the high jump event.
Games counting for the second stage of the Romanian Football Superleague
were held this past weekend. On Friday, Farul Constanța defeated away from home
CS Mioveni, 2-0. On Saturday, also in Mioveni, FC Botoșani beat FC Voluntari 1-0.
Four games were played on Sunday. Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe beat FC Argeș 4-0 at
home, FC U Craiova won on home turf the match against the champion, CFR Cluj,
3-1. In Mediaș, Universitatea Cluj and Universitatea Craiova ended in a draw, 1-1.
Finally, in the derby, in Bucharest, Rapid beat FCSB 2-0. The last two matches
of the stage are to be held on Monday. Chindia Târgoviște with FC Hermannstadt and
UTA Arad with Petrolul Ploiești. Farul and FC Botoșani lead the ranking, the
only teams with 6 points out of 6.(MI)