Romanian tennis player Mihaela Buzarnescu on Sunday won the first WTA title of her career, after defeating Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-1, 6-0 in the finals of the tournament hosted by San Jose, totaling 800 thousand dollars in prize money. Aged 30, Mihaela Buzarnescu now ranks in the WTA top 20. Mihaela Buzarnescu has had an amazing run lately, considering in early 2017 she was ranked 540 in world standings, while nearly a year ago she was ranked 139.
Let us also note that at San Jose Buzarnescu first knocked out Sachia Vickery of the United States. In the round of 16 she edged out Amanda Anisimova, also of the United States, while in the quarterfinals she won against Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia. In the semi-finals Buzarnescu knocked out Elise Mertens of Belgium. In the doubles competition, Mihaela Buzarnescu and Heather Watson of Great Britain reached as far as the semi-finals, where they were knocked out by twin sisters Lyudmyla and Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine. Her win in the singles has earned Buzarnescu a 136 thousand dollar check and 470 WTA points. For her run in the doubles competition, Buzarnescu will receive 6,255 dollars and 185 WTA points.
This weekend saw matches counting towards the third round of the Romanian First League. On Friday, Universitatea Craiova ended 2-all the match against FC Botosani. On Saturday, Astra Giurgiu drew 1-all against Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe on home turf. Also on Saturday, CFR Cluj grabbed its first win this season against Concordia Chiajna. On Sunday, FC Hermannstadt drew 1-all against Dunarea Calarasi. The match was played in Targu Mures. The second match on Sunday pitted FCSB against Politehnica Iasi on National Arena stadium in Bucharest. FCSB won 4-nil. On Monday, Viitorul Cosntanta is playing FC Voluntari and Gaz Metan Medias is playing Dinamo Bucharest.