Australian Open, the year’s first Grand Slam tournament continues in Melbourne. The competition has reached its quarterfinals where Romania is represented by several players. The world’s number one tennis player Simona Halep is one of the Romanian players who have made it to this stage of the competition after a two-set win 6-3, 6-2 against Naomi Osaka of Japan in the round of 16.
In the doubles contest, 10th-seeded Romanians Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu moved through after Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine and Australian Anastasia Rodionova had to retire while trailing 1-4, due to an injury to Rodionova. The Romanian tandem is to meet Jennifer Brady and Vania King.
Let’s move on to women’s handball now as last weekend saw the fixtures of the EHF Cup’s groups in which Romania has two representatives. In group D, HC Zalau obtained a new away win, outperforming Czech side Banik Most 25-22. Gheorghe Tadici’s trainees rank second in the group with 4 points after Norwegian side Larvik with six. In group A, SCM Craiova have lost to Russian side Kuban Krasnodar 26-28 falling to the third place in the group’s ranking with only two points on par with the Norwegians from Randers, who are at the group’s bottom.
Football now. Romanian football squad Universitatea Craiova has outperformed Polish side Lechia Gdansk one-nil during the training session the Romanians are having in Antalya, Turkey. Brazilian Gustavo converted a penalty kick for the Romanians in the 32nd minute.
Also in Turkey, Romanian side Poli Iasi have defeated Ukrainian opponent Chornomorets Odessa three-nil. The Romanians drew first blood on 52 minutes with a goal from Ionut Cioinac. Cosmin Frasinescu added a second, 71 minutes from time and Brazilian Jo Santos sealed the points with a free kick five minutes from time.