The latest news from the world of Romanian sports.
Tennis. The Romanian players Irina
Begu and Irina Bara were eliminated on Thursday from the women's doubles in the
first round of the Australian Open. Irina Begu and the Czech player Kristyna
Pliskova lost to the all American pair Desirae Krawczyk and Jessica Pegula in
straight sets, while Irina Bara and the Russian player Ekaterina Alexandrova
lost to the American-Chilean pair Kaitlyn Christian and Alexa Guarachi, also in
Youth Olympics. Romania ranked 14th
in the team standings at the Olympic Youth Winter Games in Lausanne that came
to an end on Wednesday. With two gold medals, won by Georgeta Popescu and
Andrei Nica in bobsleigh, and a bronze medal won by Ramona Ionel in speed
skating, Romania finished ahead of countries with a longstanding tradition in
winter sports, such as Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland and Slovenia. Russia,
Switzerland and Japan won the most medals.
Football. Romanian First League
football clubs are in the final days of their training season. Dinamo Bucharest
lost to the Russian side FC Krasnodar 2-1 on Wednesday in their last friendly
in Spain. Dinamo did not have a single victory in their training matches, as they
also lost to Dynamo Dresda nil-1 and drew against Bochum and Osijek 1-all.
Dinamo are playing their first official match of the year on Saturday at home,
against Astra Giurgiu, as part of the 23rd leg of the domestic
championship. FCSB, who were also training in
Spain, defeated the South Korean champions Jeonbuk Hyundai FC, 3-1. The
Bucharest side also defeated Karlsruhe 1-nil, drew against Lokomotiv Moscow
3-all and lost to FC Basel nil-1. Finally, CFR Cluj defeated the Irish
champions Dundalk FC 2-1 on Wednesday in Oliva Nova. On Saturday, they are
playing their final training match in Spain, against Emelec Guayaquil from
Ecuador. On Sunday, CFR will be playing at home against FCSB in the 23rd
leg of the Romanian First League.