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A round-up of the weekend's major sporting events
The women's handball sides representing Romania in the Champions League obtained some remarkable results last weekend. On Saturday, in the competition's group A, CSM Bucharest secured a 35-26 win against Banik Most of the Czech Republic. Cristina Neagu scored most of the goals for the Romanian side, nine, helping them to consolidate their first position in the group's ranking with 17 points. They are followed by the last year's winner of the trophy, Norwegian side Vipers Kristiansand with 15 points. CSM will be up next against Danish side Odense.
In group B, Rapid on Sunday clinched a 39-29 home win against Montenegrin side Buducnost Podgorica. The Dutch Estavana Polman scored six goals for the hosts, pushing them to the third place in the group with 16 points, the same number of points as the team on the second place, Hungarian side Gyor, and a point less than the group's leader, Metz of France. Rapid will be up against Esbjerg of Denmark on the latter's home turf.
Romanian side SCM Râmnicu Vâlcea started off on the right foot in the European League with a home win against Hungarian side Vác, which they defeated 40 - 30, in group D. Iryna Glibko of Ukraine and Asma Elghaoui of Hungary were the hosts' best scorers each with nine goals. Valcea will be taking on Paris 92 in an away game on Sunday.
Australia is these days seeing a couple of tennis tournaments in preparation for the year's first Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne. Irina Begu was the best Romanian player in the aforementioned tournaments. Begu made it to the semifinals of the Adelaide International 1, with more than 826 thousand dollars in prize money. The Romanian was stopped in her tracks by Arina Sabalenka of Belarus, who won the match in two sets, 6-3, 6-2. Begu won 43, 323 dollars and 185 WTA points while Sabalenka eventually won the tournament with a 6-3, 7-6 win against Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic. In the Adelaide International 2 tournament, Sorana Cirstea of Romania lost in the first round to Beatris Haddad Maia. The Brazilian won the match 7-6, 6-1. Irina Begu is directly qualified for the competition's main draw and will be taking on Storm Hunter of Australia.
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