Romanian tennis player Marius Copil on Wednesday night managed the most important win of his career so far. Copil outperformed 7-5, 7-6 Marin Cilic of Croatia, the world’s no. 6 tennis player, in the round of sixteen of the ATP tournament in Basel. This has been the first win against a top 10 ATP player for the 28 year old Romanian challenger, who is currently ranking 93rd in the ATP hierarchy. The win has brought Copil a check of 53,665 Euros and 110 ATP points.
12 athletes are representing Romania in the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships underway in Doha, Qatar. Over 500 gymnasts are vying for one of the 42 medals, out of which 14 are gold. The competition also counts as a first leg in the qualifiers for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The objective of Romania’s male and female teams is to rank among the top 24 nations, which will also bring them qualification for the world championships in Stuttgart in 2019, a communiqué issued by the Romanian gymnastics federation reads. Romania’s best female gymnast is the 16-year old Denisa Golgota, winner of several medals in the European junior championships two years ago. Fans in Romania are also pinning their hopes on veteran Marian Dragulescu, multiple world and European champion and 3 times Olympic medalist.
Let’s move on to football now. Romania’s Under 21 side will be up against the similar representative of Belgium, in a friendly game next month. The match is due in Cluj, western Romania, on November 15th and will represent the debut of our footballers’ qualification campaign for the European Championships in Italy, next year. Romania managed to qualify for the final tournament after ending on the first position in group 8, without a single defeat.
(translated by: Daniel Bilt)