Romanian tennis player Alexandra Dulgheru has qualified for the second round of the Roland Garros tournament, the year’s second Grand Slam competition, after a 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 victory against US player Christina McHale. Another Romanian, Mihaela Buzarnescu, who has for the first time made it to the competition’s main draw, has also qualified for the second round after a two-set win 6-3, 6-3 against Vania King of the US. In the men’s competition, Romanian Marius Copil has been outperformed by Italian Marco Cecchinato in four sets, 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 10-8.
Timisoara Saracens is Romania’s new rugby champion side. The team has won the finals of the CEC Bank Superleague against CSM Stiinta Baia Mare, whom they defeated 23-22.
The 2017-2018 edition of the national water polo championships has ended with Steaua Bucharest as champions. Steaua has obtained an 8-4 win against the vice-champions, CSM Digi Oradea, in the finals’ third match. Steaua had also claimed the first two games 10-7 and 10-3 winning 3-0 on aggregate. The finals took place after the best-of-five format. Corona Sportul Studentesc became the bronze medallist after a 3-1 win against Dinamo Bucharest in a match counting for the third position in the rankings.
Universitatea Craiova football side has won Romania’s Cup after 25 years. In the finals, Universitatea has secured a 2-0 win against second-leaguer Hermannstadt, which will join the first football league next season. Brazilian Gustavo scored for Craiova on the 30th minute with Alexandru Mitrita sealing the points 28 minutes later.
Last weekend saw the 13th leg of the second group of Romania’s first football league. FC Voluntari ended in a draw their match against Concordia Chiajna, two-all, while FC Botosani secured a one-nil win against Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe. Gaz Metan Medias versus Juventus Bucharest ended three-nil to Gaz Metan, while Dinamo Bucharest clinched a three-one victory against Poli Timisoara. Juventus has been demoted to the second football league; they will be joined by the team that loses the playoff game pitching FC Voluntari against Poli Timisoara.
(Translated by V. Palcu)